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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 expected to spread to Fiji waters in 2016.

Scientists have predicted that the present crisis could become the biggest coral die-off in history. Please support our local initiative to protect, cultivate, and replant bleaching resistant corals to our reefs, helping coral reefs adapt to climate change.

We will be seeking out community groups, individuals, and resorts who we can work with to tackle this problem and to make a difference.  Austin  (679) 938-6437

Thanks for supporting this urgent request. 

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Comment by Austin Bowden-Kerby on October 30, 2015 at 6:35am

If there are resorts or NGOs who would support this strategy in their area, please contact me!

Comment by Robert F. Kay on October 30, 2015 at 8:31am

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.

Comment by Austin Bowden-Kerby on October 30, 2015 at 9:52am

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 (where the request from Kiribati is from), it is only a short hop to Hawaii.  People can and should immediately begin by removing COTS!  The coral nurseries will take permits and more structure and planning, but even if implemented in Feb or March would still be very good to do.

Comment by Robert F. Kay on October 30, 2015 at 12:35pm

Roberta Davis over at Makaira Resort in Taveuni has been doing this for should link up with her if you haven't ready.  She's a member...

Comment by Austin Bowden-Kerby on October 30, 2015 at 1:04pm

Yes thanks, I have been in contact with her in the past. 

Comment by Austin Bowden-Kerby on March 25, 2016 at 2:58pm

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 see.  We have started the COTS removal on Moturiki, and will be establishing coral nurseries with the resistant corals in the coming weeks. 

Comment by Robert F. Kay on March 27, 2016 at 11:18pm

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 Reef and Taveuni's reef system in general following Winston?


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