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Project Blogs - Fiji


Here in Fiji we conduct data collection surveys to evaluate the reef health around Beqa island. The technique we use for this is part of the reef check methodology used worldwide to monitor the general global reef health.

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This week was very emotional in Fiji as we said goodbye to 3 of our staff members while some new people arrived on the project.

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Many of the issues surrounding buoyancy control come down to correct weighting…

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Beqa island is a hotspot for shark diving with the amazing tiger and bull sharks being fed by the local resort while tourists can observe them every day. This activity is controversial from a marine conservation standpoint.

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For the past five months, a broken generator has changed the lives of the villagers living in Naiseuseu, on Beqa island. A cyclone hit the island in February of this year, causing their generator to break, leaving the villagers in darkness.

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I have now been in Beqa island for 2 months, which means I see other volunteers come and go while I am here for longer. This gives me the opportunity to help the new volunteers and to take more responsibility.

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This week we are very proud to have been able to give back to the local community who welcomed us on their island since the start of the project here in Beqa. A few months ago, the generator for Naiseuseu village broke down.

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Given the breathtaking beauty of the Fijian islands, it’s not a surprise that when Hollywood directors brainstorm ideas for where to shoot “paradise sequences,” they invariably shortlist Fiji.

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All dives around Beqa reef are special and exciting in their own way, but last week our Wednesday morning visual shark survey dive outshone the rest (so far at least…).

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My first weekend in Fiji I headed off to Beqa Island to meet the Marine Conservation volunteers and the rest of the team. Beqa Island is a small island near Viti Levu and is famous for its diving sites.

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