Conservation

tanya

13 Jul 2017

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Our approach to conservation is real and practical. We do not believe in boasting about small gestures in an attempt to justify calling ourselves an eco-inspired resort. We actually prefer not to be referred to as an eco-resort as it is almost impossible to run a resort with zero negative impact on such a small remote island. What we do hope, is that the projects we run will more than compensate for that impact. 

 

At Barefoot Kuata we have singled out a number of projects that we firmly believe will benefit the environment and local communities. The health of the coral reefs surrounding the Yasawa Islands is of paramount importance to the future well-being of the Yasawa people. For generations they have survived primarily from using coral reefs as a food source. Now in the modern age, as they look to improve their lives, the main source of income is tourism – and a key ingredient to encouraging tourism is healthy coral reefs. 

Most of the conservation work we do requires more time than the average length stay for our guests, however, there are a number of projects that still benefit greatly from guest involvement. Our team always enjoy having guests assist them with these conservation projects, and you will get a full brief from our resident marine biologists before heading out. 

 

These full-time, on-site marine biologists, are dedicated to a number of projects ranging from water quality testing, to the care and preservation of all marine life. Some of the projects such as the removal of the Crown-of-thorns Starfish are simple and immediate, but important not to be overlooked. While other projects such as the creation of marine parks are considerably more complicated and require a long-term commitment from both tourism operators and local communities. 

As guests of Barefoot Kuata, you are always welcome to get involved in our conservation projects, be it for one dive or for one week.
Please contact info@bfcfiji.com for more information. 

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