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The 2008 Great Fiji Butterflyfish - Conclusions

Saturday January 3, 2009

In November 2008, Dive Tropex Tokoriki took part in “The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count”.

Over the course of a week interested divers and snorkellers were invited to count species of butterflyfish. Tokoriki had a tremendous response providing the Fiji wide survey with over 10% of its data! We recently received the following report:

“All regions of the Fiji Islands have a high percentage of the Butterflyfish species seen in the country.
Numbers of Butterflyfish were higher than expected all over the country, but especially in the Western (Mamanuca and Yasawa) region.
There are regional differences, with one Butterflyfish species dominating in the Northern region, another in the West, and different ones on the outer islands (now we have to figure out what that means!)
We are excited to see that Fiji’s Butterflyfish biodiversity is so high, and this reflects the good condition of the reefs across the country. The differences show us that there are different reef types in different regions, and scientists think that this is helping Fiji’s reef resilience and resistance to harmful events, which is good news for the future of our corals.”

For more information please visit The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count website

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