Using the data you have helped gather, we will not only be able to map Shark distribution and abundance in Fiji for the first time, but because Sharks are Apex Predators and vital to overall marine life balance, we can use the information to infer patterns of marine ecosystem health.
The results of this survey will be used to help design ways to protect sharks in Fiji Repeating these surveys on a regular basis will help monitor the effectiveness of Shark protection measures.
- Local government, to assist in fisheries management policies in Fiji Waters.
- International agencies and projects, to assist in shark management across the world
- Local environmental managers, to develop better management plans for our reef system.
- The scientific community, to assist them in the implementation of conservation strategies and management measures to improve the health of our reefs.
- The tourism industry such as the resorts and dive operators, in order to raise awareness and assist them in designing better approaches towards caring for the marine environment.
- The general public through this website and various publications such as local newspapers, in-flight magazines, local magazines, posters etc.
A major country report will be compiled and released, to increase general awareness and to illustrate the positive outcome which your participation in The Great Fiji Shark Count has had on protecting Fiji’s marine ecosystems for generations ahead to enjoy.