• James Cook University is proud to present the second year running Nature Photography Masterclass with Jürgen Freund!

News Alert! JCU Nature Photography Masterclass 2013

  • Senior women from the family of the Taukei Namara (The Kingmaker of Naduri) showing their clan folks what they have put together as their presentation or "reguregu". The mats and masi are part of this family's presentation and the women will go to the mou

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 hearing what our noble […]

  • A dive camp in Yadua Island with 20 to 30 divers going to out the Great Sea Reefs scuba diving for beche de mer or sea cucumbers.

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 coastal shallows […]

  • Turtle monitor Peter Qarau catches, tags, measures and releases a green se turtle along with 11 year old Irris and her mom Patricia Mallam of WWF South Pacific in Yadua Island

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 Vanua […]

  • Cyclone Evan mercilessly went through Yadua Village and this leaning house is one of the casualties of the cetegory 5 cyclone.

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 than […]

  • Laitia Tamata of WWF South Pacific and Laitia of University of South Pacific downloads year-long data from the newly retrieved data logger that shows the temperature of the Great Sea Reefs for a year.

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 in […]

  • Nukubati Island Resort staff Noma Inai.

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

14 – 18 April 2013

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 activities. Our trusty WWF […]

  • Patricia Mallam WWF South Pacific Communications Manager chats with Kia Island village teens.

Kia – The Remote Island Paradise of the Great Sea Reef

10 – 14 April 2013

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, mosquito coils, junk food and […]

  • Spear fisherman hunting reef fish in none marine protected areas of the Great Sea Reefs.

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 and […]

  • Massive fish catch caught the night before by 6 men spear fishing. Fish is for community first Sunday of the month lunch after church service.

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

7 April 2013

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 way. So most of […]