This major event to ‘count’ the shark population in Fiji is being run in partnership with their ‘citizen science database of shark sightings’ which was initiated recently as part of the SharksCount Program.
All the data collected during the Shark Count will be used to help map shark distribution and numbers in Fiji. This information will be shared with scientific and conservation groups in an effort to protect these important local shark populations.
Sharks are vital for maintaining healthy and balanced marine food chains and ecosystems. The results of the shark count will help in the planning of future protection strategies in Fiji. The survey will take place on a regular basis to monitor conservation efforts and population trends. The data will also be put into the International SharksCount database.
SharkSavers have designed and produced shark identification sheets and posters for the count and have produced guidelines for counting methods. The organisation will be in Fiji in November for this fantastic event and need your participation.
How you can help
The Great Fiji Shark Count is open to all scuba divers and snorkelers, both tourists and locals alike. Counting is easy and can be arranged through participating dive resorts and operations.
Dive The World recommends:
- Stay on Kadavu at the Matava Astrolabe Hideaway and go shark counting off the The Great Astrolabe Reef.
- Stay at a resort in Pacific Harbour and do some awesome daytrips including to Shark Reef.
- Just south of Viti Levu on Beqa Island is the award winning Beqa Lagoon Resort. Shark spot in the lagoon and on its barrier reef.
- If you fancy a young, fun resort atmosphere then stay at the Uprising Beach Resort and count numerous sharks at Viti Levu and the Coral Coast through the diving operation Beqa Adventure Divers.
- Alternatively take an action-packed Fiji liveaboard cruise on the As Tui Tai. Count sharks as you explore the more remote sites of Taveuni and the Somosomo Strait.
Would you like to count sharks and directly help in their on-going protection while diving in Fiji? Then join Shark Savers in November for the Great Fiji Shark Count. Contact Dive The World right away on +66 (0)83 505 7794 or send us an email.