The combination of qoliqoli and tabu areas means that Fiji’s reef is closely monitored by the community. The government of Fiji recognizes traditional fishing ground rights and the communities strictly manage access to outsiders.
But in spite of this care, over the last 20 years increases in industrial overfishing, climate change, and land-use change has hurt the health of the reefs. A Great Sea Reef survey was recently undertaken by WWF, Fijian scientists, and partner organizations that will evaluate the impact these stressors have had and outline improved management measures.
Thanks to the traditions and close connection to nature of communities across the country, Fijians embrace and implement conservation measures and the government is open to legislation that will protect their ocean rights. WWF and sustainability partners in Fiji will continue to collaborate across stakeholders and work to ensure that the Great Sea Reef will supply communities with the livelihoods they depend on long into the future.