Give coral reefs a chance

It was a pleasure conducting the reef resilience “Training of Trainers” workshop in Suva in February. As a part of the outcomes of the training, and requests from participants, WCS Fiji has developed community-friendly posters on:

1. Spotting signs of stress on your reef

2. Considerations for a resilient marine protected area

Please get in touch through infofiji@wcs.org if you would like copies of these posters to help your community better manage their marine resources!

This project was kindly supported by grants from The Nature Conservancy and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (US Department of Commerce).

                                             

 

Adaptive management for resilient MPA network design

Adaptive management for resilient MPA network design

Efforts to develop management strategies that can mitigate the impacts of global environmental and climate change are urgently needed but examples of their application to date are rare. WCS Fiji is leading efforts to developing indicators of coral reef resilience to climate impacts which can be used to prioritise locations for management. We have collected data on reef fish assemblages, coral population structure, coral recruitment, benthic cover and complexity from coral reef habitats within managed (Kubulau District) and unmanaged fishing grounds (Solevu, Nadi, Wainunu, Wailevu districts). We are combining these data with reef habitat classifications and predictions of reef fish assemblage characteristics to identify sites with naturally high resilience and those that can be improved by management. WCS Fiji will then consult with stakeholders in Kubulau District to discuss options for adapting their existing marine protected area (MPA) to improve reef resilience. We will also work with the communities from Bua and Cakaudrove provinces to design new resilient MPA networks.

Cruising the reefs of Solevu

Here is a video from Rebecca Weeks, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at WCS Fiji, showing our boat cruising the reefs of Solevu District, Fiji, on the way to a dive at our survey site. At the site we will go on to collect data that we can use to determine reef resilience.

Discovering Solevu Reefs

Discovering Solevu Reefs

I had come to the chiefy village in Solevu District with Waisea from our team Nasavu Village, where we are staying in Nadi District, in order to present our sevusevu.

When visiting a village in Fiji, it is traditional protcol to ask permission of the local chiefs before undertaking any marine survey in their waters.

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