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Sites survey complete

Salaseini Moceiwai
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A GROUP of tertiary students have completed a month-long Great Sea Reef turtle monitoring expedition of the six turtle nesting sites in Bua and Macuata.

Facilitated by the WWF, the students were from the Fiji National University's fisheries management studies and the USP's marine science studies.

Marine species projects co-ordinator Ilaitia Tamata said the expedition was aimed at surveying the nesting sites along the Great Sea Reef.

"The sites are in Yadua, Yaqaga, Galoa, Kia, Kavewa and Mali in Macuata," he said.

"The expedition involved tertiary students and these are second and final year students in marine science and fisheries studies. The students were allocated among the six sites.

"This is an exercise that will help students in their studies in terms of expanding their knowledge and skills on marine species."

WWF communications officer Theresa Fox said the research was the first of its kind in which the students were required to conduct research baseline data.

"This is part of a memorandum of understanding signed between the two universities aimed at helping students in skills-building in terms of survey methods," she said.

"The research is also important to WWF because it will help in nesting research along the Great Sea Reef.

"We work with our Dau Ni Vonu network on the islands.

"The survey involved a turtle monitoring survey, catch per unit efforts, beach profiling and biological monitoring survey."