Nanuca Village is located east of the town of Savusavu, toward Vanua Levu’s Buca Bay. The village created two marine protected areas, which have been official since 2012. One tabu area encompasses approximately 338 hectares (835 acres) of marine environment from shore to reef, as well as 84 hectares (208 acres) of mangroves, both on shore and on two islands. The village designated these areas as no-take for a period of at least 10 years. Another 121-hectare (299-acre) protected marine area extends from the mean low tide mark to the reef break. The village opens the area for one week at Christmastime.
The community members and fishing community, with the help of a former Peace Corps volunteer, conducted transect surveys to determine the best locations for the protected area. Two of the villagers received training and certification as honorary fish wardens. They now have the authority to uphold village fishing ground rules, as well as Fiji laws, regarding the marine environment.
Seacology is providing funding for a center to facilitate community meetings, conservation consultations, and children’s and women’s activities. In return, the community agreed to extend the protection of both the marine and mangrove areas for 15 years.