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Help protect and restore the coral reefs of the Beqa Lagoon, one of Fiji’s most amazing ecosystems!

 

The Beqa Lagoon was recently described by leading scientists as one of the ‘Special Unique Marine Areas’ of the South Pacific Region at the highest level. Beqa Lagoon is recognised for its healthy tropical marine ecosystems supporting over 400 square kilometres of exceptional coral reefs. These reef habitats are teeming with diverse colourful fish and charismatic megafauna such as migrating whales, feeding sharks and nesting marine turtles. Within the lagoon area are two islands, Beqa and Yanuca, the homes to 10 indigenous Fijian communities, with a strong reliance on healthy reefs for their everyday lives.


Interesting fact – There are over 400 species of hard, reef-building coral in Fiji; that’s over 45% of all the species found in the world!


The Earth Needs Coral Reefs!

Coral reefs are important for so many reasons. These include:

  • Protecting coastlines from damaging effects of wave action and storm events
  • Habitats, shelter and nursery grounds for marine animals and plants
  • Providing resources and services  such as food, medicines and opportunities for tourism
  • A source of essential nutrients in marine food-webs
  • Assist in carbon fixing and regulating CO2 in our atmosphere

Coral reefs under threat

Unfortunately, the coral reefs and all that depend on them are under threat from local pressures such as pollutants, overfishing and damaging tourism activities as well as global threats like the rise in sea temperature attributed to climate change.

Join us to protect the reef!

Pacfic Blue Foundation’s focal project is the Beqa Lagoon Initiative – a program dedicated to supporting local Fijian communities to strike the delicate balance between human well-being and indigenous culture while preserving the integrity of Beqa Lagoon’s coral reefs and the diversity of plants and animals that live there. 

The Creating Coral program  aims to enhance and rehabilitate the coral reefs by collecting ‘fragments of opportunity’ which are essentially broken pieces of coral, some natural and some as a result of diving and snorkelling activities, and growing these corals until they are large and strong enough to be transplanted  back onto the reef. These fragments become the beginnings of a new coral colony.


How you can help

Adopt a Coral!

By adopting on a coral, you are directly helping our marine biologists and volunteers to grow new coral colonies. These incredible habitats are essential to life on earth and your adopted coral will become integral to the work that we do in the South Pacific Region to protect coral reefs. You will also be able to observe your coral growing in the wild with photographic updates of your coral branching out over time.


 

Corals ready for adoption

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With Your Donation Adopt a Coral Today!


Bronze – One-off $30US payment, you will receive:

  • Certificate of adoption,
  • The scientific name of your coral
  • Photograph of your new addition with the chosen name that is engraved on your coral’s identification tag.

Silver – Initial $30US payment and a subsequent $5/month payment supporting the on-going maintenance of our Creating Corals program. You will receive:

  • Certificate of adoption
  • Photograph of your newly adopted coral with the chosen name that is engraved on your coral’s identification tag.
  • The scientific name of your coral
  • Periodic updates on its growth in the nursery and updates about the Beqa Lagoon Initiative (BLI).

Gold- Initial $30US payment and a subsequent $10/month payment supporting the on-going maintenance of all the ecological activities of the BLI. You will receive:

  • Certificate of adoption
  • A photograph of your newly adopted coral with the chosen name that is engraved on your coral’s identification tag.
  • Scientific name of you coral
  • Period updates and photos of your growing coral and news from the BLI
  • BLI t-shirt in your choice of design!

Adoption lasts for 12 months, after which your coral will be large and strong enough to be returned into the wild!