Fiji Butterflyfish Count Results

ButterflyfishLast August I announced the truly amazing Fiji Butterflyfish Count organized by the Fiji Government Departments of Tourism, Environment, and Fisheries, Tourism Fiji, and reef that is several organizations to mark the International Year associated with Reef. The count was held from November 2 to 8, 2008, with participants asked to record the amount of butterflyfish they saw over a period that is 30-minute any normal snorkel, glass-bottom boat, or dive trip in Fiji.
Overall the count had a number that is high of who helped ensure it is a success. Through the entire country, the numbers of butterflyfish found were higher than expected, especially in the western and southern Islands. There were regional differences, with one butterflyfish species dominating in the region that is northern another in the west, and differing ones on the outer islands. The organizers were very happy to verify that Fiji's butterflyfish biodiversity is high, and assume that this reflects the good shape of the reefs round the islands. The differences illustrate that we now have different reef types in various regions, and scientists genuinely believe that this is helping Fiji's reef resilience and resistance to harmful events, that is news that is good the continuing future of Fiji's corals.
posted on  February 17, 2009 tuesday