| || || Ratuniata, Rusiate L.|
| || || Quantifying the gross monetary benefit of implementing marine management within three traditional fishing grounds in Fiji|
Author:Ratuniata, Rusiate L.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Call No.: pac In Process
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Abstract: This thesis aims to quantify the gross monetary benefit of implemented management in three traditional Fijian fishing ground (i qoliqoli). The i qoliqolis of research interest were the yavusa (clan) Navakavu in the province of Rewa, Naboutini in the province of Serua and Namada in the provinces of Nadroga and Navosa, all of which had management via a formulated management plan. Each site has within its bounds a marine protected area as part of its management. Each studied i qoliqoli was divided into five physiographic zones. Four belt transects were deployed in each zone along which underwater visual census of saleable fin-fishes and invertebrates were conducted. The research results were anticipated to uphold the research hypothesis of an increase in saleable fin-fish and invertebrate population and monetary value estimate over time across the i qoliqolis of research interest. According to the analysis on the research results this hypothesis was rejected across the three sites. For the saleable fin-fishes there was no change of statistical significance whilst saleable invertebrates showed decreases in some zones. Explanatory remarks gleaned from past studies and literature were put forward as possible reasons why the hypothesis was not proven. These explanations centred on: 1. The life history characteristics of saleable fin-fishes; 2. The vulnerability of higher trophic level fin-fishes; 3. Fishing the marine protected area margins and poaching; 4. Fish drives using metal chains as well as live rock and coral extractions that damaged the habitat and thus delayed the recovery of saleable invertebrates. This present research estimated the gross monetary value by saleable fin-fishes and invertebrates for each site with an associated 95 percent confidence interval. The yavusa Navakavu i qoliqoli value was from FJ$7,600,000 - FJ$15,000,000, Namada i qoliqoli from FJ$160,000 - FJ$1,400,000 and Naboutini from FJ$590,000 - FJ$2,000,000.