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Ten Acre Freehold Farm for Sale FJ$250K
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My neighbor must leave Fiji to UK to care for his parents.  His ten acre freehold farm with freshwater stream and mountain views is for sale.  The property includes a European style home and fully…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dharmendra Naidu Apr 26, 2011.


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I'm interested in
Diving, Culture, Hiking, Sight Seeing, Flora & Fauna
I've visited/lived in/or would like to learn about
Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Mamanuca, Rakiraki, Ovalau, Kadavu, Yasawa, Other
Tell us a bit about yourself, your profession, reason for visiting, etc
I am a marine scientist and our organization Corals for Conservation (C4C) runs coral reef conservation programmes that involve training resorts and communities how to care for corals and reefs. The video clip from BBC Wild Pacific was posted to your site last year.

Austin Bowden-Kerby's Blog

Happy Chickens for Healthy Reefs

Over fishing is harming corals and impoverishing communities. Fish are needed…


Posted on October 29, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Preparing for Major Coral Bleaching in Fiji in 2016

Fiji has some of the most beautiful and diverse coral reefs on the planet, which create beaches, protect communities, provide fisheries resources, and attract guests to our shores. However, a mass coral bleaching event is now occurring in Hawaii and Kiribati and is…


Posted on October 29, 2015 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

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At 10:50am on May 6, 2011, Scott Putnam said…

Hello/Bula Dr. Bowden-Kerby!


I've been in communication with Roberta Davis up at Makaira (Taveuni) these past few months, keeping track of her coral gardening efforts post Cyclone Tomas.  She and a few local youth have really gotten into the spirit: replanting detached staghorn acropora fragments on to patches of reef scoured clean by the waves.  They're achieving great success, but they've noticed the following:

(1) The parts of the reef they haven't touched are still bare.  No baby coral colonies have, since the last spawn, attached themselves.  However, there are baby coral colonies growing on the parts of the reef where they have coral gardened.  Is this a phenomenon you too  have experienced?

(2) There is a large infestation of crown of thorn starfish right now.  Roberta and crew go out every other day to collect and destroy the starfish.  So far their efforts have saved the reef in front of Makaira - but the reef in the next cove is overrun with the critters and is close to dead.  Is this infestation localized to Taveuni (due to the nutrients released into the water by Cyclone Tomas?) or is it more widespread?  Are there any establishments in Fiji (i.e. Makogai) that sell or distribute the triton trumpet?


I'm a tremendous fan of your work along the Coral Coast!  It's truly amazing what you have accomplished!




At 8:29am on May 11, 2011, Scott Putnam said…

Dear Dr. Bowden-Kerby,

Thank you very much for your response!  I forwarded your comments on to Roberta Davis at Makaira/Taveuni.

I've been pondering your comments and Roberta's insights and I think I know why coral larvae only grow where there are other corals.  In their planktonic stage, coral larvae have no way of knowing if they are in shallow or deep water or if the conditions are right for growth.  There has to be a trigger that lets them know when to swim down and attach.  The trigger, through your observations, is obviously the presence of other corals.

I'm hypothesizing, but maybe the signal to the coral polyp is strongest at night, when the coral colonies release their protective chemical-laden slime.  Somewhere in that cocktail is the answer (or maybe the colonies release the chemical constantly?).

Thanks again; I truly appreciate it!  I'll be writing a blog on this subject and COTS for FijiGuide - and would like very much for you to participate.

Cheers (for now),


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