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Earth Day Celebrations

Thursday May 5, 2011

20th April marks Earth Day. A day set aside to think about the environment. We celebrated Earth Day at Tokoriki by getting active in three areas:

First on our ‘to do list’ was a spot of Coral Planting. Interested diving guests assisted us in transplanting some of the coral plugs that we had prepared in February and March, on to Tokoriki’s Fringing reef.

Our Second mission was to try to spur forward our goal of making our Giant Clam Project Site a marine reserve. Alongside the Mamanuca Environmental Society (MES) representative Jerry and our Divemaster Vili, Will spent the afternoon at a traditional ceremony on Malolo Island in the audience of Ratu Seva, the Paramount Chief of the Region.

The Chief gave his blessing to continue marine park status for Tokoriki’s fringing reef, but to now include for 2011 our Giant Clam Site Project Site. This site, established by Will and Alex in 2000, holds the second largest colony of tridacna gigas clams in Fiji.

Our final project, which due to various circumstances was delayed until the end of May, was a cleanup of Monuriki Island beach, with Yanuya Island school kids to assist. Lots of fun was had by all and less rubbish than usual was collected which was great to see Monuriki Cast Away Island, is one of the most beautiful islands in Fiji and a popular place to visit for Tokoriki guests. Twice weekly we visit the island where guests experience a fantastic nature walk and “movie set” tour, a thrilling scenic boat ride and snorkelling off the beach in the island’s marine reserve.

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