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Resort's legacy

Monika Singh
Thursday, September 21, 2017

A RESORT that has existed for the past 40 years along the Coral Coast is pleased with the fact that it has set up a legacy with its clean and pristine marine environment and guests who keep returning year after year.

Warwick Fiji general manager Brad Downton said their marine conservation programs had grown popular with their guests over the years and it was even more encouraging to see them return over the years to see the results of their work.

The resort recently appointed a new marine biologist to look after their marine conservation programs.

Mr Downton said the resort had a coral gardening and clam seeding programs which were done with guests at the resort.

He said their clam shell seeding program started a few years ago and was very popular with their guests.

"Coral gardening and clam shell seeding programs are very well received by guests, especially the younger generation and guests have been known to return afterwards to see what their work had flourished into," he said.

Newly appointed marine biologist for Warwick Fiji is University of the South Pacific graduate Ruth Narawa and she is responsible for checking the lagoons near the resort for any crown of thorns or pollution to ensure the coral growth is not affected.

According to Mr Downton, he spotted a whale outside the lagoon a few weeks ago and it was quite an exciting moment for him and the other staff members who watched it.

Mr Downton said it showed that the resort was doing something right in terms of protecting and conserving their marine environment.

"Our responsibility is for land as well so we are also engaged in community activities where we do clean-ups and other community work."

Warwick Fiji and Naviti resorts have been part of major community work along the Coral Coast, especially in the villages that fall between the resorts in terms of clean-up campaigns, assisting villagers after natural disasters and working on renovation and maintenance projects on community halls, hospitals and schools.

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