The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count

On reefs all across the Fiji Islands, volunteers from schools, universities, conservation organisations, resorts and dive operations took part in 30 minute counts of Butterflyfish, as an indicator of biodiversity and coral health.

See for full details and results as they come in.

Results: South Kadavu, Matava Resort:
Alice and James Calvert from Australia

Jone Waitaiti, Matava Dive Guide

Alan and Lindsay Coley of the UK
Jone Waitaiti, Matava Dive Guide
Richard Akhtar, Matava Owner
Helen Sykes,Fiji Coral Reef Monitoring Networkand Reef Check coordinator
Count in progress
Triangular Butterfly
Cheveroned Butterfly
Longnosed Butterflies
Across the South Kadavu Dive Sites, 24 of the 27 known Butterflyfish in Fiji were seen. On average 79 Butterflyfish were seen over the 30 minute counting period.


Reef Type
Average # of fish / 30 mins Average # of species
Eagle Rock,
Outer Wall
52 % Hard coral cover

23% Soft coral cover

20 (74%)
Vesi Bay,

Nearshore fringing Reef

38% Hard coral cover

7 % Soft coral cover

14 (52%)
Naiqoro Passage
Deep passage to outer wall
Hard coral gardens
22 (81%)
Japanese Gardens,
Passage side to outer slopes
Rock walls in passage, Hard corals on slopes
17 (63%)
South Kadavu Overall
24 (89%)
Many more species were found on the outer wall sites where there was high hard coral cover, and more variety of coral types. At the inner reef and passage side sites, where there was less hard coral, there were fewer species, and in one case, fewer fish, mainly those who do not depend entirely on corals for food.


Diving in Fiji: The Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count November 2008: Results: South Kadavu, Matava Resort