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Coral Restoration and Crown of Thorn Starfish
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This forum/discussion is open to all.  If you're interested in the topic or have something to contribute, please do so. A Primer for the Discussion: The main island of Fiji, Viti Levu, is not known…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Austin Bowden-Kerby May 15, 2011.


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Wilma Perry commented on Scott Putnam's blog post Sunset in Paradise
"I just love an outdoor shower! It's wonderful that you were able to aim the shower head at the poor dehydrated plants for a drink. Fiji is truly a most beautiful place."
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"Hi Appy,   Thanks. There's a story behind this photo:   While this perspective may seem deep, it was actually quite shallow . . . around 15 feet deep. It was pouring rain outside (it rained the whole time I was in Fiji) so it was…"
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Scott Putnam replied to MARTA DIAZ's discussion Please, does someone have info about GRACE FERRY schedule?
"You can always hire a cab to meet you at the dock at Boca Bay to get you to Savusavu. You'll need to arrange for the cab while you're on Taveuni - as the cab driver won't know he needs to be there to meet you."
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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), 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 posted a discussion

Coral Restoration and Crown of Thorn Starfish

This forum/discussion is open to all.  If you're interested in the topic or have something to contribute, please do so. A Primer for the Discussion: The main island of Fiji, Viti Levu, is not known for its coral reefs.  Even along the coral coast, whose name suggests splendor, the fringing reef cannot compete with coral reefs on other Fijian islands.  Dr. Austin Bowden-Kerby, a local marine biologist, is in the process of turning this around through education and affirmative action.  His coral…See More
May 12, 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
Austin Bowden-Kerby commented on Scott Putnam's blog post What to do when a storm destroys a reef? CORAL GARDEN!
"The corals will return to damaged reefs eventually, if the water is clean....but when most are wiped out it can take as long as 50 years.  A little coral planting and protecting the corals from their predators can go a long way in helping reefs…"
May 11, 2011
Austin Bowden-Kerby left a comment for Scott Putnam
"Bula Scott, Thanks for the report. I have also found that the corals larvae sense where other corals are in order to settle well. So a lottle bit of planting can make a big difference to jump starting natural recovery. The COTS are bad on many reef…"
May 11, 2011

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Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Kadavu

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Marine Reserve: Makaira

Roberta Davis of Makaira Resort is working diligently towards having the section of reef next to Makaira Resort…


Posted on February 1, 2011 at 2:00pm

Makaira Activities: Coral Gardening Spectacular

Since I left, Roberta Davis at Makaira Resort on Taveuni Island has been going gang busters repopulating the reef with coral fragments. Within two weeks…


Posted on January 28, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Coral Gardening at Makaira


Today, Roberta and I are going coral gardening.  I've given her the primer and now we're off.…


Posted on January 24, 2011 at 7:30am

What to do when a storm destroys a reef? CORAL GARDEN!

Cyclones, aka Hurricanes or Typhoons, hit Fiji with some regularity.…


Posted on January 20, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Comment Wall (16 comments)

At 6:40pm on November 8, 2009, Mika Leuck said…
Bula Scott! We hope you enjoy the new Fiji Guide. We will be launching on Tuesday.

We hope to see you in the groups and forums!
At 6:15pm on December 6, 2009, Robert F. Kay said…

Great shots. Love the Barracudas and the the eel especially. .you're a real artist. Thanks for adding them to Fijiguide.
At 7:18pm on December 6, 2009, Marilyn Marsh said…
Fantastic photos Scott. Will look forward to seeing more of your work.
At 6:13pm on December 12, 2009, Robert F. Kay said…

Very nifty little vid on flying to Taveuni. That's the kind of the thing the FVB should be paying you to do. You only missed on thing. At the tail end, flying into Matei the plane passed directly over Taveuni Island Resort. Otherwise you nailed 'em all.

At 10:26pm on December 16, 2009, Robert F. Kay said…

Well edited and shot. Lots of cool perspectives. Not much you could do about the lighting situation 24 meters down. I've never seen a vid of the GWW. Another first for Fijiguide!
At 10:08pm on January 4, 2010, Robert F. Kay said…
Hi Scott,

I'm back! Just booted up the old machine -- doing my Pavlovian thing.

Good to be's been very interesting and I'll need to digest for a while. I've got another 10 or so blogs to post. I've really been cranking. Took a lot of photos too.

I'm glad people are "friending" each other on the site. Looks like to some cool conversations between Fiji-based people and people over here.

Thanks for the story. When you next go to Fiji, you gotta visit Kula Eco park and check out the aquarium that has figured out how to grow soft coral.

I think you'd dig it...well it's back to washing and opening mail!
At 6:48pm on January 6, 2010, Robert F. Kay said…
As usual beautiful stuff. We need to catch up on the phone while my Fiji trip is still fresh!
At 9:33pm on January 20, 2010, Mission at Natuvu Creek said…
Thanks Scott for your encouraging words. I have passed them on to Marta and Tom. Please stop by next time you are "in town!" Best, Karen for MNC
At 7:31pm on July 28, 2010, Ricardo Serpa said…
Thanks for the kind words, Scott, I really had a lot of fun taking these photos in to separate trips to Tavarua. Got lucky with the waves too... One of the photographers in the water is Scott Weiner, a frequent guest of Tavarua and a very nice guy. The other is a Japanese guy, Kenyu Takahashi, also a fantastic professional. Not so many stories, I'm afraid, except for the day when the Kenyu and I got distracted in the water at Cloudbreak, talking to each other between sets, and got carried away to the worst possible spot there. A huge set came in straight upon us, I lost my camera by the third or fourth wave and was already considering the extension of the damage when a friend paddled back to the line-up with my Canon DsIII and 70-200/Aquatech combo on his surfboard. He found it by pure chance after being caught in the inside. That's something I won't forget for sure... Stay well, Scott. Aloha!
At 6:46am on July 29, 2010, Ricardo Serpa said…
Loosing equipment like you did is always a sad thing, and I have lost my share of lenses in the past. On the other hand, I think it's part of what we do, and my days as a staff photographer for a big Brazilian newspaper taught me this: get the shot, no matter what. Then be happy with the shot you've got, it will probably be a much more intense feeling than any eventual sadness over the cost of the shot - equipment losses included. Makes sense to me!


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