The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count
Butterflyfish surveys in Fiji in 2008 and 2009
A great fun event 🙂
Welcome to The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count!
Welcome to The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count! Even after last years International Year of the Coral Reef , you have the opportunity to help celebrate and record Fiji’s amazing coral reef biodiversity, show you care about our world’s delicate coral reef systems, and have fun, by taking part in a week-long hunt for the Great Fiji Butterflyfish! Easy to do, this is suitable for visitors and dive guides.
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.
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