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Friday December 18, 2009

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.

Dear Sir,

Re: Support for Tokoriki Giant Clam Regeneration Project:

This is to confirm that we have been working with Will and Alex on the above regeneration initiative for giant clams at Tokoriki Island, since the year 2000 and 2001.The project has really been very successful in terms of the goal of restocking the Tokoriki reefs with the locally depleted stocks of three species of giant clams (Tridacna gigas, Tridacna derasa and Tridacna squamosa). This conservation initiative for giant clams at Tokoriki has also led to the restoration of the fourth but smallest of the species to be found in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Group of islands, which is Tridacna maxima. The project have subsequently established that a fifth but highly rare and endemic species of giant clams (Tridacna tevoroa- or ‘Devil clam’) is also found at the project reef site , where an adult specimen of this highly endangered giant clam species has been nurtured and protected by the resort and dive team at Tokoriki island.

The Fisheries Department has been pleasantly taken by surprise by the success of this giant clam regeneration project, and have been assured by the project coordinators Will and Alex that the project is now poised to move forward to new heights, with more reef conservation and species enhancement work in the coming new year. The project proponents have seen a number of indicators for success on this initiative, some of which are as follows:

 The Project has a very good chance of achieving its aim of repopulating the whole reef systems around Tokoriki Island and adjoining reef systems in the Mamanuca and Yasawa island group,with tridacna gigas clams (and the other giant clam species).
 The project has achieved protection not only for the giant clams but also for the whole reef conservation site and all reef species- including fishes, corals and invertebrates.
 It has raised the profile of the Giant clam, and conservation in general, to local staff and villagers
 It has raised the profile of the Giant clam, and conservation in general, to guests of Tokoriki Island Resort
 It has added to the enjoyment of diving and snorkeling guests, of Tokoriki Island Resort
 It has made the staff, both local and expatriate, into better reef resource managers, more conservation minded, dive leaders
 The Project has helped the dive tourism business at Tokoriki through fuel savings and increased diver numbers
 The Project has proved to be a very valuable marketing tool
 The Project has given the dive company management a tremendous amount of pleasure and a legacy to leave behind at Tokoriki and the whole Mamanuca Island Group. The above facts gauged from the project coordinators (Will and Alex) has clearly shown that the initiative to ‘reseed’ giant clams into Tokoriki reefs has successfully been attained, and proof of this success can be easily seen if one visits the conservation site at Tokoriki, or ask for photographs (or visit their website:…) from the above Eco-dive company.

This conservation initiative has been very successful, perhaps with the foresight and vision of looking into the future and caring about ones’ natural environment and the biological resources that a healthy and productive coral reef ecosystem could offer, and also making the right partnership of different people/organization work.

The Fisheries Department salute and congratulate the coordinators or project managers of the above initiative, for the milestone reached and work well done…

God Bless You all this Christmas..

ABatibasaga
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A T Batibasaga (Mr).

Principal Fisheries Officer (Research, Assessment & Development).

18 December, 2009.

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