Once again it is time for all of the divers and snorkellers that visit the beautiful waters of Fiji to take part in The Great Fiji Shark Count, and Dive Wananavu is no different. Every time we hit the water throughout the month of April we will be makring down all of the shark, turtle and ray species we see (or don't, it all goes to help the scientists!).
All of the information that we collect will help towards trying to get a better idea of Fiji's shark populations so that they can be better protected.
It was a lucky day for two large Hawksbill Turtles stuck in a turtle net off the coast of Viti Levu near Vuda Marina, Fiji.
On December 30th, Tony Koens – director/owner of Subsurface Fiji Adventure Diving and Watersportsand his partner Carina Bjers, also with Subsurface Fiji, decided to take their SUP (Standup Paddle Board) out for a leisurely afternoon paddle.
They left the beach and were headed towards Naisoso when a few hundred metres down the coast they spotted a large turtle net that had 250mm square mesh and was about 200 metres in length according to Tony.
University of the South Pacific Lower Campus Foreshore
Laucala bay road
18° 9' 1.8396" S, 178° 27' 14.9832" E
The University of the South Pacific (USP) School of Marine Studies (SMS) Student Association 'Wantok Moana' will be carrying out its "on-going" Coastal/Beach Cleanup at the USP Lower Campus in Fiji. Wantok Moana is expecting more than 30+ volunteered students and staff members altogether to take part in this environmental effort by collecting debris (i.e.
Breathe Deep Diving, Fiji will be Diving Against Debris every day from 22nd September to the 30th September in Nasau Bay, Vanua Levu. A stunning bay, well away from roads and towns and people. A surprising amount of debris has been noted in this area, possibly connected to the passing daily ferry and items dropped or thrown overboard washing into the bay.
WWF and TRAFFIC today released a new report that shows the need for a more concerted effort in managing shark fisheries in the Coral Triangle, to help conserve dwindling populations of these threatened species.
A new analysis by the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the University of Western Australia concluded that in 2010, shark-related diving contributed $42.2 million ($73 million Fijian) to the economy of Fiji. Shark-diving operations generated $4 million that year for Fijian communities through salaries and local levies.