Protecting and preserving our stunning surroundings is high on our agenda here at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort. However, it's not just our resident marine biologist and team members that make this possible. We're proud to give all guests the chance to help out too through our various volunteer experiences.
Here's how you can get involved and make a change for today and years to come.
Get stuck into our giant clam repopulation project
Where they were once in abundance, Fiji's giant clam population is slowly depleting as a result of over-harvesting. These magnificent creatures play an important role in the recycling of nutrients as well as being a critical component of the resort's surrounding waters.
In an effort to rebuild diminished clam populations, Fiji Resort's resident marine biologist, Johnny Singh, has established the 'giant clam repopulation project'. With his hard work, Johnny has been raising a series of juvenile giant clam brood stocks as part of an effort to repopulate four species in local waters around the resort. Under his guidance, volunteers will learn about the daily workings of a sustainable pearl farm at J. Hunter Pearls. This is a great way to learn about the intricate process behind cultivating and protecting pearls at one of Fiji's most renowned hatcheries and research centres.
Help restore our mangrove population
Mangroves are a core component of the ecosystems that surround the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort and beyond. Their extensive root systems help with water filtration, while playing host to a diverse range of wildlife. They also prevent coastal erosion from storms, as well as removing carbon from the atmosphere.
Unfortunately, Fiji's mangrove population is rapidly shrinking. In order to replenish numbers, we've created our own mangrove restoration program. With your help, we aim to continue planting young and healthy mangroves along the coast to meet our goal of 10,000 freshly planted mangroves by November 2018.
Immerse yourself in the community spirit at Fijian schools
Another great way to give back to the local community involves our reading program. Here, guests can make the short trip to Buca Primary School and read to the local children. Each volunteer will bring a grade-appropriate, English language book which they will read to the class, then leaving it behind as a donation to help bolster the school's growing library. This experience gives a glimpse into Fijian education as well as allowing guests to interact with the friendly children and help them learn and practise English.
Here at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, we're incredibly passionate about giving back in everything we do. If you'd like to find out how you can help preserve and protect our beautiful lands, get in touch with the team today.