Marine Conservation Fiji

Marine Conservation Fiji

Marine Research & Conservation achievements


Fiji, a nation of islands, is abundant with marine life. Fiji comprises of over 300 islands and 4,000 square miles of reefs, home to 1,500 species of sea life. But the fragile marine environment is threatened by many factors. Action needs to be taken to preserve the marine environment for the future. 

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Have just left Vinaka Fiji after doing 3 weeks marine conservation and can honestly say it's been one of the best things I have ever done! I felt everyone at the dive shop, instructors to divemasters to be the best, most fun people I've spent time with. They properly looked after all the volunteers and got us fully involved with research and conservation so I feel I have made a genuine difference and contributed to something worthwhile. Thank you so much to Tama for helping me with my queries and Dan, Heather, Bruce, Semi, Paul and Joe for making my time on barefoot island the best it could be. You're awesome! - Eleanor Cady reviewed Vinaka Fiji — 5 star 




What are we doing to help?

We are carrying out research and collating data which we provide to Manta Trust, Fiji Fisheries, University of South Pacific, Marine Ecology Fiji and Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network. Research includes Manta Ray observation, reef health checks, Crown of Thorn starfish watch, coral and clam nurseries and habitat mapping.

Data is also used to establish Marine Protected Areas that will provide long term benefits to the local community and help guarantee food security for future generations.

Interested in volunteering to help conserve Fiji's marine environment? Visit our Marine Research and Conservation Volunteering section of our website. 




What have we achieved so far?

Data Collection
Marine Volunteers carried out regular research. This included Manta Ray observation, reef health checks, Crown of Thorn starfish watch, coral and clam nurseries and habitat mapping. The data has been provided to invested organizations and will be used to establish Marine Protected Areas that will provide long term benefits to the local community and help guarantee food security for future generations.

Taboo Marine Areas
Taboo marine areas were created on the islands of Naviti and Nacula. These areas are seen by Fijians as sacred. Therefore they are protected and cherished by the local communities.

Predator Eradication
Marine Volunteers have made headway in removing the Crown of Thorns starfish. These creatures reached plague proportions and were causing serious damage to coral reefs. This is a long term initiative which will result in healthy reefs and rejuvenation.

Marine Conservation Achievements
  • The area of Marine Volunteering has attracted the most interest; all of the Volunteers have left the program with a feeling of accomplishment having made a contribution. 
  • Six of the Volunteers have gone on to further their diving education while with us. 
  • Developed an assessment tool that measures the increase in the marine Volunteer’s marine knowledge before and after their experience with us. 
  • Positive feedback from Volunteers re their individual projects. They leave a legacy for future Volunteers. 
  • Raised the profile of environmental issues in and around the reefs and developed several significant environmental projects. 
  • Raised marine awareness and knowledge of local villagers and schools.


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