This video shows footage of Malolo Lai Lai coral reef in Fiji, with dolphins.
Fijian seabird isles to be “de-ratted”
Invasive predators such as cats and rats are to be eradicated from some of Fiji’s most important seabird islands, as part of a project undertaken by BirdLife International’s Fiji programme, with the support of landowners, and funding from the David & Lucille Packard Foundation.
The Ringgold Isles, a remote archipelago forming an outlier group to Vanua Levu (the northernmost of Fiji’s two main islands), are mostly uninhabited, and their relative isolation should make them a safe haven for seabirds like the Black Noddy Anous minutus and Red-footed Booby Sula sula. …
“The large seabird populations include many thousand Gogo (Black and Brown Noddy Anous stolidus), and hundreds of Toro (Brown Sula leucogaster and Red-footed Booby) and Manumanu ni cagi (Lesser Frigatebird Fregata ariel).” Also present were Masked Booby Sula dactylatra, Black-naped Tern Sterna sumatrana and White-tern Gygis alba.
The islands were found to support good populations of invertebrates such as coconut crabs Birgus latro, which have been extirpated from most of the islands in Fiji. They are also foraging and nesting sites for endangered sea turtles and native lizards. The cryptic and elusive Fiji Banded Iguana, an Endangered species, may also occur on some of the Ringgold Isles. Many of these species are believed to be affected by rat predation and are also expected to benefit when the rats are removed (as has been demonstrated elsewhere).
Two years after the BirdLife International Fiji Programme implemented an operation to eradicate rats from the Ringgold Islands, all seven islands have been confirmed rodent-free. Early monitoring also shows that the birds, people and wider wildlife of these remote islands are already benefitting from the removal of these invasive pests: here.
A partnership between BirdLife International and the Nagilogilo Clan of Vatuira has resulted in the successful eradication of Pacific Rats Rattus exulans from this internationally important seabird colony. Vatuira – a small island located 15 km from the coast of Fiji’s largest island Viti Levu – is an Important Bird Area (IBA) for several seabird species, including 28,000 breeding pairs of Black Noddies Anous minutus; see here.
De-ratting the Hebrides: here.
Fiji petrel: here.
This is the final blog documenting an 8-day marine expedition to Fiji. Totoya Sacred Reef Declared Marine Protected Area for World Oceans Day: here.