Manta Ray Behavioural and Population Study
Our marine biologists have been hard at work trying to decode the behaviour of these mystical creatures who visit our waters between May and October. A formal, ongoing study has been set up with the Manta Trust to monitor the population numbers and their breeding habits in order to gain more in-depth knowledge into their behaviour.
Coral Reef Conservation
An extensive coral rejuvenation project has been initiated in order to extend the expansive reefs surrounding our islands. Coral is collected and allowed to grow to a reasonable size before being safely transferred to areas where they are needed most.
Sea Cucumber Breeding Program
These curious-looking, slug-like creatures are the earthworms of the deep, working tirelessly to recycle nutrients in the ocean. There has been a worldwide decline in their numbers though, since they are regarded as a delicacy and in many parts of the world, are not being sustainably harvested.
The breeding programme at our islands aims at reversing their declining numbers. Three of the species are also being studied for further insight into their reproductive behaviour patterns.
Clam Breeding Program
The Barefoot team is part of a nationwide project aimed at cultivating and reintroducing clams to Fijian waters. We currently cultivate 3 different clam species, including the Giant Clam which was precariously close to extinction.
The Crown-of-Thorn Seastar (COTS) is a predatory seastar endemic to healthy coral reefs. Unnaturally high infestation can however, wreak havoc with healthy reefs. Regular checks along our coastline means we can quickly eradicate burgeoning populations and preserve the reef integrity, should the need arise.