Waisomo Village is located on Ono Island, which lies 40 miles south of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island. With the leadership of village Chief Iokimi Naqeluviki, the villagers have begun the process of establishing a no-take marine protected area. They will restrict fishing in this area for at least five years. This will allow, in the words of the chief, “fish, clam and so on to regenerate for the benefit of our future generations.”
Seacology provided funding so villagers build a new community center and buy a boat to patrol the marine conservation area. The World Wildlife Fund – Fiji is responsible for the scientific surveys and mapping that made this marine reserve possible.