The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count

Butterflyfish surveys in Fiji in 2008 and 2009


Download resources to do the surveys


Results from the counts in 2008 & 2009


We humbly appreciate all the support of all businesses and NGOs for this survey

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.

The Science

So why count Butterflyfish? 

Data was collected on special slates by divers like you


Volunteers and scientists entered all the citizen science data into datasheets

Results are published here on this website in other journals

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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