One of the critical long-term components in Fiji’s tourism and environmental strategy has been the establishment of a network of marine protected areas (MPA). In MPAs, restrictions and bans have been placed on diving and fishing activities due to the ecological sensitivity of those areas. In addition to establishing MPAs, Fiji has developed a community-informed system of locally managed marine areas (LMMA) that helps to direct much of the rest of the country’s invaluable marine resources sustainably.
Introduced in 1990 through a pioneering “Fish for the Future” workshop, the LMMA network concept has achieved remarkable success. All LMMA undertakings include tribal communities in the process of collaboratively defining objectives and conservation methodologies, and in enacting implementation. Reflecting the nation’s heritage of sustainable fishing practices, many aspects of LMMA management have involved a return to low-impact traditional practices.
The LMMA approach preserves Fiji’s unique aquatic life for generations to come. The system also has ensured that tourism revenue generated through marine activities will continue to expand in the decades ahead.
About the Author
In addition to serving as CEO and Managing Director of Fiji’s flagship Air Pacific, Ltd., carrier, David Pflieger holds responsibilities as the Board Chairman of Tourism Fiji. In this capacity, he helps to highlight the exceptional scuba diving, snorkeling, whale watching, and sightseeing opportunities that the island nation offers.
About David Pflieger
David Pflieger - Senior Airline Executive