Roberta Davis of Makaira Resort is working diligently towards having the section of reef next to Makaira Resort designated a Marine Reserve. Not only would such a designation benefit Makaira Resort, but it would also benefit Taveuni Palms, Taveuni Island Resort, Ucuilgi, and Maravu Plantation and Beach Resort. And of course, a marine reserve could also improve the fishery on Taveuni's western shore by providing a safe haven for marine creatures to reach maturity and reproduce.
There is already a marine reserve half-way down the east coast of Taveuni. It is called Waitabu Marine Park and it was formed in 2003 by Waitabu Village. Since creation, the reef has shown a great improvement in fish populations, benefiting the village of Waitabu with snorkeling tourism and the adjacent areas with improved fishing.
The no-take policy of a marine park not only protects fish and corals from human predation, but also clams. "Clams?" you say. Yes, clams.
Clams (aka vasua in Fijian) are a MUCH LOVED delicacy in Fiji. As a result, clams in Fiji can only be found in protected areas and at scuba diving depths. Fiji's fisheries department recognzes the current problem and has set up a clam hatchery on the island of Makogai to help repopulate Fiji's waters. Repopuation will only work, however, if there are protected places for them to thrive. See:
It is impossible to know what a proper clam concentration should be for a Taveuni reef, but one extreme can be found at Kingman Reef, northeast of Fiji. At Kingman Reef, there is no human predation (no humans - it's part of the US Park Service) and the reef is covered thickly with clams. It is truly a sight to behold. It is also densely populated with predatory fish and sharks. Fish hide in the reef, too scared to come out. Here is a picture of Kingman's clam density (Tridacna maxima):