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US professor urges protection of local marine life

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, June 09, 2012

THE conservation of Fijis marine life has been highlighted by the head of a visiting group of university students from the US.

Speaking at their welcoming ceremony at the University of Fiji Saweni Campus in Lautoka yesterday, Anthropologist Professor Peter Brosius said Fiji had one of the most profoundly beautiful marine life and environment in the world.

The director of the Center for Integrative Conservation Research at the University of Georgia, Professor Brosius said Fiji was a great centre for biodiversity and had spectacular landscape and marine life.

And it was for this very reason that the conservation expert said Fijis diverse ecosystem needed to be protected.

Professor Brosius warned that Fijis reefs, oceans and marine life faced degradation.

He said more needed to be done to protect Fijis priceless heritage. The 54-member group was treated to a tour of the university campus yesterday.