The Mamanuca Islands have been the focus of tourism development in Fiji for many years and receive a substantial visitation of tourists in any given year. Human impact through tourism is high. This creates pressure on the reef systems throughout the area ranging from sedimentation, improper waste-water treatment, overfishing, unsupervised water-sports activities and reef damage through snorkelers and divers. MES through its member resorts and tour operators are seeking to reduce this impact by the adoption of best practice techniques in their respective operations.
Mana Island Resort & Spa – Fiji as a member of the Mamanuca Environment Society is committed to giving back to the community and with its efforts in educating the staff, management and guests, the resort has formed a committee to be the drive behind all the projects that we have on the island.
Coral Regeneration Project
In the past 2 years we have planted coral on Coral tables whereby we have planted back into the reefs six months later. This year we have embarked on the project to plant coral every month from the month of February. We have had some trial and error work on the coral planting; however we have since worked out a solution to the obstacles that we faced. We have planted coral each month and with the next couple of months we will plant coral into the reefs that surrounds Mana every month.
Turtle Breeding Program
We have in the last 3 years looked after 10 baby hatchlings and released at around 5 to which we still have 5 in a pond. The Turtle breeding project was a project whereby we would like to increase the turtle population, as turtles are becoming extinct in Fiji. We have five 3 year old turtles and another 8 baby hatchlings that we have adopted and will look after them until they are old enough to be released into the Wild.
Removal of COTS
Crown of Thorns or COTS are a hazard to the surrounding reefs around Mana and due to the High Nitrates from the mainland there has been an increase of COTS. At Mana we are committed to removing the COTS from the reefs every 2 months, or if we see the need to, if there is an influx of them.
Marine Sanctuary – ‘Tabu’ or No Take
The reefs around Mana are a ‘No Take’ reef, whereby there is no Fishing or no removal of seafood from the waters around Mana. This has seen an increase of Species of Fish and also other Fish and sea creatures that we have not seen in a while around the reefs again.
Organic and Hydroponic Farm
To cater for our large number of guests that visit our shores daily, we have through our Project Team, started an Organic garden and also a Hydroponic garden, planting Vegetables and fruits that we would use in the kitchen and we plant to plant more fruits and vegetables. Fresh Vegetables and fruits will now start to come straight from the gardens to our plates.
Mana’s commitment to the Environment is here to stay for Generations and we welcome challenges that would help us keep the Environment safe and friendly for all.