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  • Data Collection – data was collected on special slates by divers like you

  • Results Tabulated – Volunteers and scientists entered all the citizen science data into datasheets

  • Research Published – Results are published here on this website in other journals

Using the data you have helped gather, we will not only be able to map Butterfly Fish distribution and abundance in Fiji, but because butterfly fish act as significant indicators of reef health, we can use the information to infer patterns of reef health.

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Chin explaining coral morphology on new television and DVD set donated by Christine’s family in Switzerland to Uluinakorovatu School.


So why count Butterflyfish? Butterflyfish are easily observed by snorkellers and divers, in all regions of Fiji. Counting Butterflyfish tells us a lot about coral health and water quality. On healthy, live reefs, we would expect many different kinds of Butterflyfish, but if reefs are unhealthy, we may see a drop in numbers and variety.


This is a timed swim count that can be carried out over any reef, using SCUBA or snorkel, at any depth, during recreational activities. There is no maximum area to be covered but as far as possible survey time should be kept at thirty minutes

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The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count has been made possible by volunteers who contributed their time to planning and organisation, and sponsors who have financially contributed to printing of slates and publicity materials. We would like to say Vinaka Vaka Levu (Thank you very much) to all of them!

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