FIJI’S FIGHT­ING BACK!

Asian Diver (English) - - What Bubbled -

On the morn­ing of Fe­bru­ary 20, 2016, Fiji ex­pe­ri­enced the most pow­er­ful cy­clone in the Pa­cific na­tion’s recorded his­tory. Most dive op­er­a­tors have since re­opened for busi­ness and are once again run­ning dive trips in the “soft co­ral cap­i­tal of the world”. As a re­sult, they have been able to as­sess the ef­fects of the cy­clone on Fiji’s reefs.

Re­ports sug­gest that dam­age has been min­i­mal and marine life is flour­ish­ing! For in­stance, in the last three months, guests on the Fiji Siren live­aboard have re­ported plenty of man­tas and sharks, beau­ti­ful corals with plenty of macro life and lots of school­ing fish. Most of the co­ral reefs have only been par­tially dam­aged and many are al­ready show­ing signs of re­cov­ery! That’s great news for Fiji’s ocean wilderness, and for the com­mu­nites which ben­e­fit from dive tourism on the is­lands.

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