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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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Robert F. Kay commented on Austin Bowden-Kerby's blog post Preparing for Major Coral Bleaching in Fiji in 2016
"Appreciate your comments. Please post more photos of bleaching and discuss the impact it has on the reef ecosystem. Please let me know if you make it to Hawaii. If you're here I'd like to do a write up. What is the state of the Rainbow…"
Mar 27, 2016
Austin Bowden-Kerby commented on Austin Bowden-Kerby's blog post Preparing for Major Coral Bleaching in Fiji in 2016
"The massive and severe beaching arrived in Fiji in February on the Coral Coast and spread to Moturiki and other areas in March.  Reports from some areas indicate only moderate bleaching thus far, but we shall keep our fingers crossed and…"
Mar 25, 2016
Austin Bowden-Kerby posted a status
"Fiji was showing signs of major coral bleaching due to high water temperatures. Cyclone Winston cooled off the waters but was it too late?"
Feb 22, 2016
Austin Bowden-Kerby commented on Austin Bowden-Kerby's blog post Preparing for Major Coral Bleaching in Fiji in 2016
"Yes thanks, I have been in contact with her in the past. "
Oct 30, 2015
Robert F. Kay commented on Austin Bowden-Kerby's blog post Preparing for Major Coral Bleaching in Fiji in 2016
"Roberta Davis over at Makaira Resort in Taveuni has been doing this for years...you should link up with her if you haven't ready.  She's a fijigiude.com member...http://fijiguide.com/profile/RobertaDavis"
Oct 30, 2015
Austin Bowden-Kerby commented on Austin Bowden-Kerby's blog post Preparing for Major Coral Bleaching in Fiji in 2016
"Thanks Robert, I have two community groups in Hawaii interested in following this strategy and there is a NOAA funding opportunity due in January as well that we are considering applying to.  Once I raise the funds to go to Christmas Island…"
Oct 30, 2015
Austin Bowden-Kerby's 2 blog posts were featured
Oct 30, 2015
Robert F. Kay commented on Austin Bowden-Kerby's blog post Preparing for Major Coral Bleaching in Fiji in 2016
"Austin, With el Nino in full bloom here in Hawaii our coral is really stressed.  I was wondering what was happening in Fiji. Thanks for the report. Will pass this on to my oceanographer friends here at the University of Hawaii."
Oct 30, 2015
Austin Bowden-Kerby commented on Austin Bowden-Kerby's blog post Preparing for Major Coral Bleaching in Fiji in 2016
"If there are resorts or NGOs who would support this strategy in their area, please contact me!  abowdenkerby@gmail.com"
Oct 30, 2015
Robert F. Kay commented on Austin Bowden-Kerby's blog post Happy Chickens for Healthy Reefs
"Great work Austin!  Keep us posted on projects like this."
Oct 29, 2015
Austin Bowden-Kerby posted blog posts
Oct 29, 2015
Austin Bowden-Kerby is now friends with Stuart Gow and Helen Sykes
Jan 7, 2012
Austin Bowden-Kerby and JOHN MAXWELL are now friends
Sep 16, 2011
Austin Bowden-Kerby replied to Scott Putnam's discussion Coral Restoration and Crown of Thorn Starfish
"Bula Scott, Thanks for this forum topic.  The goal of Corals for Conservation (the NGO I helped found), www.coralsforconservation.com is to encourage individuals and the tourism industry to care for the reefs they use and rely…"
May 15, 2011
Austin Bowden-Kerby and Scott Putnam are now friends
May 15, 2011
Scott Putnam left a comment for Austin Bowden-Kerby
"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…"
May 11, 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
Website
http://www.coralsforconservation.com
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.

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Happy Chickens for Healthy Reefs

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

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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…

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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!

 

Thanks,

Scott

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),

Scott

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