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Fiji: coastal and marine ecosystems

Mangubhai, Sangeeta and Sykes, Helen R. and Lovell, Edward and Brodie, Gilianne D. and Jupiter, Stacy and Morris, Cherie W. and Lee, Steven and Loganimoce, Epeli and Rashni, Bindiya and Lal, Ronal and Nand, Yashika and Qauqau, Ingrid (2018) Fiji: coastal and marine ecosystems. In: World Seas: An Environmental Evaluation. Academic Press, Cambridge, Massachuetts, United States, pp. 765-792. ISBN 978-0-08-100853-9

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Fiji is one of the most developed of the Pacific Island economies and its people are highly dependent on the country’s rich biodiversity and natural resources for food, agriculture, tourism, culture, coastal protection, shelter, recreational sports, and other vital human needs. The country has undergone rapid changes in growth and development and the coastal ecosystems are increasingly threatened by a number of anthropogenic activities (e.g., overharvesting and overexploitation of land and sea resources, mining, coastal development) and their associated impacts (e.g., sedimentation, eutrophication, and pollution). At the same time, Fiji is vulnerable to natural disasters such as tropical cyclones and the impacts of climate change. These threats are resulting in losses in coastal habitats with a loss of 5% of man- groves from 1991 to 2007, particularly around urban areas. Fiji’s coral reefs, which have demonstrated considerable resilience to coral bleaching, are vulnerable to crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks, damage from cyclones, and coastal development. Seagrass habitats are critical nursery areas for fish and feeding areas for migratory turtles, but are poorly documented and threatened by coastal development. A Category 5 cyclone in 2016 caused loss and damage across all sectors including infrastructure, agricultural systems, and coastal eco- systems in the order of US$945 million. However, there are significant efforts to protect and restore habitats and fisheries through inshore locally managed marine areas connected to larger, deeper water marine managed areas, as well as an expansion in integrated coastal management efforts. Sustainable use and practical management of coastal resources are urged while there is still a chance of ecosystem repair and restoration.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Page numbers to be confirmed. Copyright 2019.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Depositing User: Gilianne Brodie
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 22:35
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 03:11

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