Marine Protected Areas or MPAs have long being recommended as a great tool to conserving resources throughout the world. This is not new in Fiji or the Mamanucas.
Feedback from awareness workshops in our local communities has identified diminished sea life that was previously in abundance as part of the reef systems in the Mamanucas. Through the works conducted by Coral Cay Conservation (CCC), major reef areas in the Mamanucas have been surveyed and data collated and analysed, with MPA recommendations forwarded to the local communities. Traditional MPAs or “Tabu” have already been set up in some villages and resorts in the region.
The Mamanuca Environment Society aims to see that more pockets of MPAs are put in place in the Mamanucas with an overall aim of having a Marine Park that seeks to address the issue of dwindling resources in the region.
Resorts with MPAs or marine reserves include:- Bounty Island Resort, Treasure Island Resort, Beachcomber Island Resort, Navini Island Resort, Castaway Island Resort, Matamanoa Island Resort, Mana Island Resort, Malolo Island Resort, Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Wadigi Island Resort, and Tokoriki Island Resort.
In consultation with local communities, reefs around Malolo Lailai Island which is home to Musket Cove, Plantation and Lomani Island Resorts have also been designated a “cakau vakatabui” or no-take-zone, all with the aim of getting back resources that have either been over-exploited or lost through issues arising from human impacts.
Check our Project Areas Map for locations of current MPA’s.