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The Great Sea Reef from the Air

The Great Sea Reef from the Air

16 December 2013 – Great Sea Reef Before this expedition started, we were asked by Patricia Mallam of WWF South Pacific what we wanted to photograph of the Great Sea Reef. #1 on our list was the most complicated, and I thought, better blurt it out now and hope for the best. I told Patricia we […]

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A Funeral to Remember - Goodbye Paramount Chief Ratu Aisea Katonivere

A Funeral to Remember – Goodbye Paramount Chief Ratu Aisea Katonivere

25 – 27 April 2013 – Naduri, Vanua Levu, Fiji We started our journey to Macuata Province first and foremost with a traditional sevusevu in Naduri with the Macuata Province Paramount Chief Tui Macuata Ratu Aisea Katonivere on the 28th of March. It was our very first traditional sevusevu, the first of many to come. After […]

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Sea Cucumber Hunters of Fiji in the GSR

Sea Cucumber Hunters of Fiji in the GSR

April 2013 – Kavewa Island, Nukusa Village, Yadua Island Sea cucumber is a high value, high demand Chinese delicacy that is sought after by Chinese traders buying dried sea cucumbers from all over the world especially in Asia and the Pacific. Sea cucumbers are flexible, elongated echinoderms belonging to the class Holothuroidea.  They live on the sea floor in reefs, lagoons and […]

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Yadua Turtle Monitoring and Irris

Yadua Turtle Monitoring and Irris

20 April 2013 Patricia Mallam WWF South Pacific Communications Manager brought her lovely 9 year old daughter Irris to rendezvous with us on Yadua Island – we, coming from Macuata Province and they, coming from Suva. They were joined by Pita Qarau, Turtle Monitor from Yadua Village in Suva and they all took the ferry from Viti Levu to […]

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Yadua Island and Cyclone Evan

Yadua Island and Cyclone Evan

19 – 22 April 2013 The 17th of December 2012 will forever be etched in the minds and hearts of Fijians and the memory is unfortunately not a good one. With a maximum wind speed of 270km/hour, Cyclone Evan devastated many villages from northeast Vanua Levu all the way to northwest Viti Levu with more […]

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WWF & University of South Pacific at work in the Great Sea Reef

WWF and University of South Pacific at work in the Great Sea Reef

April 2013 Our visits to the Fijian villages and the one resort in Macuata Province were made the richer when we were able to document the fieldwork of WWF South Pacific Marine Species Coordinator Laitia Tamata, WWF Labasa staff Koli Musudroka and University of South Pacific Laisiasa Cavakiqali. They were visiting 5 sites in the target reef systems […]

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Nukubati Island - the Only Resort in Macuata Province's Great Sea Reef

Nukubati Island – the Only Resort in Macuata Province’s Great Sea Reef

14 – 18 April 2013 Nukubati Island -16.463168,179.025926 Getting a WWF assignment to document the world’s third largest barrier reef, we needed to make sure we saw the Great Sea Reef from underwater. Nukubati Island Resort is the only resort in the Macuata Province of the GSR who offered diving as well as many other water related […]

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Kia - The Remote Island Paradise of the GSR

Kia – The Remote Island Paradise of the Great Sea Reef

10 – 14 April 2013 Kia Island  -16.226542,179.093231 It was a long 4 hour boat ride from Nukusa Village to Labasa Town where we stayed overnight before heading to Kia Island. We armed ourselves for the next stretch of island village living, quickly shopping for a million little things like Milo, laundry detergent, more mosquito repellent, […]

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Udu Point - Freediving the Great Sea Reef

Udu Point – Freediving the Great Sea Reef

7 – 9 April 2013 The first time we saw the village of Nukusa from the boat, I thought how wonderfully situated it was. It is not a beachside village like the usual but one that is about 10 metres elevated from the sea. And then on second thought, I looked at all our luggage […]

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Udu Point - First Sunday at the Farthest End of the Great Sea Reef

Udu Point – First Sunday at the Farthest End of the Great Sea Reef

7 April 2013 Nukusa Village  -16.18356,179.875503 Nukusa Village is the 4th to the last village from the tip of Vanua Levu. It is so remote that the villagers need to use up to 40 gallons of fuel for their fiberglass boat to get to the town of Labasa at Fiji$13/litre, spending more than F$400 one […]

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