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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.
We need to highlight about the ocean because it is our source of food and provides opportunities to earn an income says SeaWeb Asia Pacific Program Associate Alumeci Nakeke.
All of us in the pacific have close association with the ocean as it has provided our food, money and allowed leisure activities as most of us grew near a beach or enjoyed picnics there.
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.