Coral Reefs

Coral Health and Monitoring Program - Their mission is to provide services and information sources for researchers and the public in order to help improve and sustain coral reef health throughout the world.

Coral Reef Alliance - Working with people around the world—from fishermen to government leaders, divers to scientists, Californians to Fijians—the Coral Reef Alliance protects our most valuable and threatened ecosystem.

Coral Reef Bleaching - Coral species live within a relatively narrow temperature margin, and anomalously low and high sea temperatures can induce coral bleaching. Bleaching events occur during sudden temperature drops accompanying intense upwelling episodes, seasonal cold-air outbreaks.

Reef Relief - A nonprofit membership organization dedicated to Preserving and Protecting Living Coral Reef Ecosystems through local, regional and global efforts.

The Reef Environmental Education Foundation - Uses volunteer divers to conduct its excellent Reef Fish Survey Project.

1997 IYOR - Year of the Reef - The first International Year of the Reef (IYOR) in 1997 was organized by the International Coral Reef Initiative, a partnership among governments and non-government organizations, with the purpose of raising awareness of the state of coral reefs worldwide, and to encourage their conservation.

Marine Life

Australian Museum - With the amazing wealth of wildlife that we have in Fiji, you will probably need help with identifying it all. Now you can find out online what that fish was, at the Australian Museum's Fish Site. The site allows viewers to search its database of fish in the South Pacific by scientific name or common name and also provides a step-by-step key, designed to help you identify even the most obscure fish.

International Marine Mammal Project - They work to make oceans safe for marine mammals worldwide.

International Shark Attack File - As the name suggests, this site is about shark attacks. Administered by the American Elasmobranch Society and the Florida Museum of Natural History, the International Shark Attack File is a compilation of all known shark attacks. Besides general information for the curious, a wealth of useful information and interesting summaries are offered here. The site provides geographic summaries of attacks (Fiji has 4% of the world's attacks), statistical trends of shark attacks since 1900, annual worldwide shark attack summaries (including the 2000 summary), and much more. We should all note the page of tips on how to minimise the risk of an attack.

Marine Turtles - Online resource for turtles!

Ocean Alliance - Is dedicated to the conservation of whales and their ocean enviroment through research and education

Sea Horses - Information on keeping and breeding seahorses for conservation.

Sea Turtles - All six species of sea turtles in the United States are protected by the Endangered Species Act. Learn about these turtles and what is being done to ensure their survival

Shark Trust - Working to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action.

The Hawaii Association for Marine Education and Research, Inc. - Dedicated to Preserving Hawaii's Marine Life through Research and Education.

Photos of Sharks - Unusual Great White Shark- Tiger Shark- and Bull Shark pictures.

Caymans Turtles Farm - One of our favorites, as it has webcams and lots of useful information about turtles.

Pacific Whale Foundation - Pacific Whale Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 to save whales from extinction. Their mission is to protect our oceans through science and advocacy. They are an international organization, with ongoing research studies in Hawaii, Australia, and Ecuador, and are active participants in global efforts to address threats to whales and other marine life.

World Wide Fund for Nature - (WWF) has a site that is devoted to the Pacific region and the scientific projects that they carry out here. It is well worth a look.

Others

A complete US database of listings for all emergency, legal and law enforcement government offices.

Books

Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecology by David Gulko. Mutual Publishing. This is one of the best books I have read about coral reefs generally; not just those in Hawai'i.

Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Guide, by Gerald R Allen & Roger Steene. From Odyssey Publishing, 1999 (5th edition). A guide for divers with over 1,800 colour photographs

Coral Reef Fishes, by Ewald Lieske & Robert Myers. From Princeton University Press, 1999. Covers the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and the Caribbean. A comprehensive fish guide with over 2,500 colour drawings.