Friday, 22 January 2016

As 2016 begins, Calypso will be getting a whole new life!

As 2016 begins, Calypso will be getting a whole new life, 20 years after its accident in Singapore!
After having explored the possibility of a future for Captain Cousteau’s iconic ship in Monaco, a different solution has finally been found to save Calypso.
Francine Cousteau, president of the organizations he created, has been fighting to save the vessel for the last 20 years.
The Cousteau Society bought the ship from Loel Guinness in order for it to be a living representative of ecology sailing the oceans of the world.

As 2016 begins, Calypso will be getting a whole new life
Thousands of fans from around the world have brought their moral support to The Cousteau Society for the full refurbishment of Calypso. The considerable costs entailed by this project have, on too many occasions over the last 20 years, prevented this goal from being achieved.
Finally, The Cousteau Society has managed to gather a group of generous and highly motivated international sponsors, whose objectives are compatible with those of the Cousteau Society.
At the end of the first trimester of 2016 Calypso will be able to leave the Concarneau’s shipyard, to begin its new life.
In addition to the historic hull and ship equipment, Calypso will be fitted with two Volvo Marine motors, which were bought in 2009.
Francine Cousteau adds that « When Calypso will return to the Mediterranean, she will be seaworthy and powered by her own two motors, as was Captain Cousteau’s wish. I am extremely happy to announce this great news, after a 20 year long struggle against adversity and various mishaps. I am grateful to those who have helped us, and I invite all of those who share our joy today to join us. »
Information regarding the evolution of the Calypso’s situation will be regularly posted on our website:
Calypso set to sail again!

Cousteau Society

Thursday, 7 January 2016

FHTA joins 4FJ campaign to stop serving kawakawa and donu for the next three months

THE latest advocate of the 4FJ campaign is the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association which is encouraging more than 250 of its members to stop serving kawakawa and donu for the next three months.

FHTA joins 4FJ campaign to stop serving kawakawa and donu for the next three months
Joining forces with the creators of the campaign, Seaweb, the association's board of directors voted in support of a resolution that empowered it to allow the dissemination of information to members all over the country.

Association president Dixon Seeto said he hoped all members could step up and send a powerful message about the visitor industry's collective commitment to sustainability in Fiji.

"We have a chance, as a sector critical to the health of Fiji's economy, to make an important statement about the need for green growth," Mr Seeto said.

"We hope our members will join us in supporting this important cause."

Seaweb Asia Pacific executive director Scott Radway said the campaign had made initial inroads in the visitor sector including high profile pledges from high-end resorts.

"Our partnership with FHTA means we are bringing a dialogue about sustainability to every corner of a sector that reaches thousands of visitors and employees daily," Mr Radway said

FHTA joins campaign - Fiji Times Online


Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Celebration - The BAD Cut


Full story on Mike's blog:

The Best Shark Dive in the World!

Blog about "The World's best Shark Dive" by Beqa Adventure Divers. Featuring up to eight regular species of Sharks and over 400 different species of fish, Shark diving doesn't get any better!


Celebration - BAD Cut from Beqa Adventure Divers on Vimeo.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Characteristics of the shark fisheries of Fiji

Limited information is available on artisanal and subsistence shark fisheries across the Pacific. The aim of this study was to investigate Fiji’s inshore fisheries which catch sharks.



In January and February 2013, 253 semi-directive interviews were conducted in 117 villages and at local harbours on Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Ovalau and a number of islands of the Mamanuca and Yasawa archipelagos.



Of the 253 interviewees, 81.4% reported to presently catch sharks, and 17.4% declared that they did not presently catch any sharks.



Of the 206 fishers that reported to catch sharks, 18.4% targeted sharks and 81.6% caught sharks as bycatch.



When targeted, primary use of sharks was for consumption or for sale. Sharks caught as bycatch were frequently released (69.6%), consumed (64.9%) or shared amongst the community (26.8%).



Fishers’ identification based on an identification poster and DNA barcoding revealed that at least 12 species of elasmobranchs, 11 shark and one ray species (Rhynchobatus australiae) were caught.



This study, which is the first focused exploration of the shark catch in Fiji’s inshore fisheries, suggests that the country’s artisanal shark fisheries are small but have the potential to develop into larger and possibly more targeted fisheries.



Characteristics of the shark fisheries of Fiji

paper8Published on 02. December 2015

Characteristics of the shark fisheries of Fiji

Kerstin B. J. Glaus, Irene Adrian-Kalchhauser, Patricia Burkhardt-Holm, William T. White, Juerg M. Brunnschweiler



Characteristics of the shark fisheries of Fiji | Shark Year Magazine:



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Monday, 14 December 2015

Valued PADI Members in FIji get Recognition Awards from PADI Oceania

As PADI Regional Manager it's always great to meet members all over my region. So many have been in this industry for a long time and their experience and knowledge is invaluable. The stories they have to tell about their life as PADI Pro's could entertain divers for hours!
It was an absolute pleasure to recently present awards and certificates to the PADI Members below in Fiji. These PADI Professionals have invested at least 20 years into the dive industry.
It is a great part of the job where as Regional Manager I get to say thanks on behalf of PADI.
Andrew Redfern celebrating 25 years of PADI membership
Andrew Redfern celebrating 25 years of PADI Membership

Mateo Tawake celebrating 20 years of PADI membership
Mateo Tawake celebrating 20 years of PADI Membership

Gordon Wakeham celebrating 20 years of PADI membership
Gordon Wakeham celebrating 20 years of PADI Membership

Jean Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji celebrating 20 years of Outstanding service
Jean Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji celebrating 20 years of Outstanding service

Marc McElrath celebrating 20 years of PADI membership
Marc McElrath celebrating 20 years of PADI Membership

Once again we thank all PADI members for their contribution to the dive industry and wish everyone a fantastic year to come in 2016.

Recognition Awards for Valued PADI Members | PADI Pros Oceania:

Jen Clent - Regional Manager | December 8, 2015

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Fiji voted the Best Shark Diving Destination by global dive bible, EZDIVE Magazine

FIJI has gained a significant foothold in the lucrative shark dive market after being voted the Best Shark Diving Destination by global dive bible, EZDIVE Magazine.



Tourism Fiji's marketing manager for the Asia Market Kathy Koyamaibole received the award on behalf of the country at the Dive Resort Travel Expo in Shanghai, China, last month.



The expo was the only professional diving exhibition in China, developed specifically for the diving industry in Shanghai and attracts exhibitors — enthusiastic diving resorts and live-aboard operators — from all over the Asia-Pacific region.



Shark diving tourism was worth about $87million for Fiji annually.



"Fiji's shark dive was definitely top of mind for most of the dive clubs and visitors to the expo," Ms Koyamaibole said.



"Receiving this award was a formalisation of that. Where in the world can you dive and expect to see more than seven species of sharks in one dive while also feeding them without cages?"



"That's why Fiji is no doubt the best destination to experience shark diving."



Partners and Fijian resort representatives who attended the expo shared similar sentiments, saying the event was an excellent platform to market Fiji's dive tourism.



Leleuvia Island Resort manager Colin Philp said the opportunities for Fiji Tourism were endless.



"The expo has been an amazing opportunity for Leleuvia Island Resort to exhibit to the lucrative Chinese dive market," he said.



"The quality of the expo, the high percentage of travel agents and contacts made with dive clubs and service suppliers far outweigh the costs in attending so we hope to be back next year."



Volivoli Beach Resorts' Susie Erbe, a frequent exhibitor at the dive expo shows in Asia, said she was very impressed with the increased volume of visitors.



"They seemed genuinely interested in booking dive holidays and for Fiji in particular," she said.



"I feel the show is now a necessity for those wishing to reach divers based in China."



Top shark dive spot - Fiji Times Online

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Great Resource & Training for Coral Identification



The Coral Identification Capacity Building Program is pleased to announce the release of our revised coral identification training resources - Coral Finder Toolkit 2.0 

Coral Finder Toolkit 2.0 is a proven suite of practical tools for learning coral identification in the Indo Pacific comprised of the Coral Finder, the Coral Hub website and the Coral Finder Toolkit disc. 

Of particular interest to reef people are the NEW revised and updated FREE training movies in English AND NOW  Bahasa Indonesia! The new movies have many improvements gleaned from our experience of training over 400 people in coral identification and are authored in high definition to provide superior visual detail when viewing via file or high bandwidth stream. 

CFT 2.0 coral ID training movies in English <http://www.coralhub.info/learn/coral-finder-toolkit-2-training-movies-english/>  http://www.coralhub.info/learn/coral-finder-toolkit-2-training-movies-english/

CFT 2.0 coral ID training movies in Bahasa Indonesia <http://www.coralhub.info/learn/coral-finder-toolkit-2-training-movies-bahasa-indonesia/>  http://www.coralhub.info/learn/coral-finder-toolkit-2-training-movies-bahasa-indonesia/


The Coral Finder  www.byoguides.com <http://www.byoguides.com/>  empowers students, divers, naturalists and researchers to ID corals to genus where it really matters…. underwater.  It’s Visual Navigation system overcomes the problem of growth form variation and provides a powerful cross reference back to Corals of the World for post dive follow up to species level.

The Coral Finder is supported by the Coral Hub website - a resource with a graded learning pathway for self-paced learning for beginner through intermediate to advanced level knowledge.

The Coral Hub website includes:
 • a free complete video training course (Training Movies: available in English and in Bahasa Indonesian, and Revision Movies) aimed at bringing beginners through to intermediate level coral identification anywhere in the Indo Pacific 
 • free downloadable self revision tools for people wishing to refresh their coral identification skills  http://www.coralhub.info/learn/self-testing-resources/ 
 • a jargon busting terminology tool (the Termigator) to simplify basic coral taxonomy  http://www.coralhub.info/terms/
 • links to deeper knowledge.

In summary the Coral Finder Toolkit:
 • empowers motivated individuals to teach yourself coral identification (or learn via a workshop with over 400 people trained to date)
 • contains accurate, plain language visual training resources
 • synthesises the basics of coral identification in a practical, engaging and visually rich way
 • is a “real world to theory” translator with a proven high (~80%) transfer of skills to the workplace

Coral Hub – Resources & Training for Coral Identification

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Fiji's Reefs @ National Geographic Magazine

Fiji's Reefs @ National Geographic Magazine

   
By Les KaufmanPhotographs by Tim Laman



In the South Pacific a spectacular reef system takes an environmental walloping and lives to tell the tale. Scientists are listening closely.
Fiji's Reefs @ National Geographic Magazine

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

In Fiji, diving with big, hungry sharks - BBC

A surreal scene

In the crystalline waters off Fiji’s main island of Nadi, Scuba divers can take the plunge with a mind-boggling variety of toothy predators: tiger sharks, nurse sharks, whitetip reef sharks, lemon sharks – even massive bull sharks.





Pictured here, a trained feeder 25m below sea level pulls mahi mahi and tuna heads from a large green trash bin.



Without a cage or any protection, the diver dangles the meat before the sharks. And with that, the feeding begins. (Lia Barrett)



BBC - Travel - Slideshow - In Fiji, diving with big, hungry sharks

Thursday, 8 January 2015

World's Best Scuba Diving in Fiji - Sport Diver

From seductive reefs covered in rainbow-colored soft corals to heart-racing encounters with blacktip and tiger sharks, it's no wonder divers are smitten with Fiji.

On some dives, the eyes say it all, and we’re all a bit wild-eyed as a silky joins the shark-feeding frenzy in Beqa Lagoon, sweeping in close, almost mischievously, before swimming off. Just when I think we’ve experienced our dive climax, a 16-foot tiger shark slips into the scene.
The hungry tornado of whitetip, blacktip, nurse, bull, lemon and reef sharks, plus a bundle of 800-pound grouper, clear the way for her entrance. Her imperial demeanor commands a respect that both fish and divers honor. 
She has the faded stripes of a mature Galeocerdo cuviera and a mangled dorsal fin — a scar from mating and a telltale sign she’s female. She glides over our heads and disappears as seamlessly as she came in. Now that’s how a lady makes an entrance.
Full article here: World's Best Scuba Diving | Fiji | Sport Diver

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Fiji is PADI's ScubaEarth Featured Destination

PADI Asia Pacific is delighted to advise that the weekly diving destination featured on ScubaEarth™ is currently showcasing Fiji.

ScubaEarth™ is an online scuba resource and social community for divers and other water lovers. It’s a robust, one-stop site to research, plan and share dive experiences providing a host of information.
Please take a look at the ScubaEarth Featured Destination on Fiji.

ScubaEarth is already a high traffic website for the scuba diving industry as it’s powered by PADI and PADI Members and with an average of 50,000+ unique visitors each month – it presents 130,000+ consumers (divers or potential divers) to reach, engage and convert.

Fiji


PADI Asia Pacific