October 4, 2013

Are tabu areas really taboo?

Special to WCS by science writer, Amy West Kusima. That’s the Fijian word for an overwhelming desire to eat fish. The last high chief of the district […]
September 26, 2013

Dropping in for a fish census

Special to WCS by science writer, Amy West A curious visit by a human or motored robotic vehicle likely sends deep-water fish fleeing. It’s difficult to accurately tally […]
September 22, 2013

Mutiny on the Reef

Special to WCS by science writer, Amy West After the mutineers left Captain William Bligh to steer his own course, Bligh probably didn’t realize he’d passed […]
September 16, 2013

Urgent protection needed for Vatu-i-Ra Island Sanctuary

Today was the first time that I stepped on Vatu-i-Ra Island in almost a year and a half. Right away, I knew things looked different. “Why […]
June 8, 2013

Where, oh where, has my sea cucumber gone?

World Oceans Day, June 8, 2013 “Did you see any sea cucumbers?” I asked Ron as he struggled to get back aboard the inflatable tender. “None” […]
May 20, 2013

Yavirau! Koro style

Although as the petrel flies, Koro Island is not geographically far from the capital, it is not easy to get there. Didi and Wise on our […]
March 17, 2013

Can indicators predicting coral reef resilience be mapped from space?

In 2011, I participated in a workshop during the International Marine Conservation Congress in Victoria, Canada, where experts came together to discuss which were the most […]
December 10, 2012

Coral reef resilience surveys in Western Bua

After only 2 weeks respite from our periodic harvest surveys in Kubulau, the Fiji  marine team has again packed up our kit and by planes, boats […]
October 25, 2012

Notes from the field: periodic harvests

I thought I’d be tweeting and blogging away from the field – but alas, since Digicel installed a tower in Kubulau, Vodafone signal is but a […]
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