Ovalau Reef Expedition, Fiji 2000
During the summer of 2000 a team from Britain, consisting of three undergraduates from Loughborough and Cambridge Universities and two professional diving instructors carried out a seven week diving expedition on the island of Ovalau, Fiji. The area of study is the fringing reef within the proximity of the Bureta River mouth.
Coral Reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, a priceless heritage. With the status of the world reefs being a major concern over recent years, this project addresses the issue by looking at sedimentation. The principal aim is to analyse variations in the status of coral reef communities, with respect to distance from the Bureta River mouth. The methods involved transect line surveys and were carried out using both SCUBA diving and snorkelling. The results will primarily be used for my undergraduate dissertation. It is also designed to be a ‘baseline’ study of fluvial sedimentation within Fiji and the South Pacific, a topic that is very poorly researched. The expedition had strong interaction and co-operation with the Bureta village and other communities, especially rugby and traditional social events.
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
and Reef Conservation UK
Buretan and Ovalau Inhabitants
A complete report of the expedition will be published in 2001. Copies will be sent to the Universities of Loughborough and the South Pacific, the Fijian Department of Environment, the Royal Geographical Society, Reef Conservation UK and all other organisations with an interest.
Secretary to Prizes Committee
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