The world is made up of 70 per cent water, and within these vast bodies of water lives an abundance of marine life, including colourful coral reefs. Unfortunately, 60 per cent of these underwater ecosystems are under threat of being lost in the next three decades due to overfishing, pollution and physical destruction, according to Travel and Leisure.
However, there are actions you can take to make a difference when staying at our five star Fiji resort. Here are just some of the ways that you can help preserve this underwater paradise.
How can you help preserve the coral reefs of Fiji?
Jean-Michel Cousteau is not only the resort's founder, he is also a world-recognised environmentalist who continues to raise awareness for – and work towards – preserving the Earth's oceans. Follow in our founder's footsteps by taking the following steps.
- If you choose to embark on a diving trip to the Namena Reserve when staying at the best Fiji resort, you mustn't touch any of the coral reefs you see. Human contact can smother and damage reefs, and even wipe out species of reef.
- Make a conscious effort to conserve water – the less you use, the less wastewater and runoff will find its way back to the oceans, which can cause pollution.
- Although they are extremely pretty, it's important to leave shells and animals from the reef or rock pools where you find them. Removing them can damage the ecosystem and endanger organisms that rely on these products.
Why are coral reefs so important?
You may not know it, but it's not just marine life that rely on coral reefs – humans do too. Here are just some of the reasons why coral reefs are so important:
- Coral reefs form nurseries for roughly a quarter of the world's fish. In turn, an estimated one billion people depend on these nurseries for food and income from fishing, according to World Wide Fund for Nature. These are believed to provide up to 15 tonnes of seafood per square kilometre a year!
- These ecosystems lower the power of waves during storms and tsunamis, reducing the risk of flooding, damaged land and coastal erosion.
- Due to their vast biodiversity, coral reef organisms are already being used for treating conditions such as HIV and cancer.
Helping to preserve this beautiful underwater space doesn't need to be difficult. With these small practises, you can work towards making a huge difference to the coral reefs of Fiji. To find out more about the Cousteau Resort philosophy, speak to a member of the team while enjoying your luxury family holiday in Fiji.