Come and help celebrate Fiji’s magnificent Sharks, Rays and Turtles, have fun and show you care about our world’s delicate coral reefs: join the hunt for the Great Fiji Shark!
In 2012 Fiji is getting serious about Shark Protection!
By Chinnamma Reddy of Marine Ecology Consulting
From the 10th – 13th November, 2008, Dakuibeqa Primary School and Uluinakorovatu Primary School on Beqa Island, celebrated the International Year of the Reef (IYOR) by participating in a week long program on marine education and conservation.
Uluinakorovatu School rounded up the program by being part of Fiji’s special IYOR event; The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count 2008.
An invitation was extended to 11 volunteers from Navatu to spend the day in Nukubalavu, to take part in The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count, alongside the staff and volunteers of the Greenforce Team.
The day consisted of several 30 minute snorkels along the Nasonisoni Passage. Each team consisted of two surveyors armed with an identification slate. The day was a good opportunity for the Greenforce volunteers and the Navatu volunteers to work together.
Butterflyfish article from “Explore Fiji” Tourism magazine Nov 08 – Jan 08.
On reefs all across the Fiji Islands, volunteers from schools, universities, conservation organisations, resorts and dive operations took part in 30 minute counts of Butterflyfish, as an indicator of biodiversity and coral health.
See www.Fijibutterflyfishcount.com for full details and results as they come in.
Rush for your copy of Marama Magazine for August, out now – great article about IYOR and the Great Fiji Butterlfyfish Count in English AND in Fijian!
This was launched here..