Our Fiji Supplier
The summer of 2003 has been an unbelievable adventure for the company. We had the opportunity to venture to the Fiji Islands for one month. We visited several of our fish and coral collectors, marine biologists, fish conservation camps, transport companies, dive specialists, underwater photographers and most of all, we visited the natives.
We went scuba diving in several of Fiji’s famous dive sites including National Geographic’s top visited site. The dive sites are amongst the best for digital underwater photography. Although most of our dives were under extreme water currents we still managed a few good shots. We were also privileged to take a few dives with our fish collectors. These are extremely skilled people willing to risk much for very little. I now better understand what net caught means: it means time, patience and respect for the reef. We definitely only encourage net caught fish. Fiji is known to be the soft coral capital of the world and it’s very true, but you will notice that we photographed lots of SPS coral. Acropora was very present in the 10-100 feet range, the deeper ranges from 100-120 were filled with the softies. The fish life was good, but I find that the currents made the fish move too much for good still pictures. I had the opportunity to meet a tiger shark at very close range, he seemed to be friendly but as I snapped, he was gone!Although these pictures show the Fiji reefs thriving, it is not the true picture. There are many movements in Fiji to stop the extraction of marine life from those waters. The Fiji trip along with multiple conversations with people who really care for the reefs made us realize that propagation of coral is very important and must be encouraged, that said sometimes the most beautiful things need to stay where they are. Below are some photos we took topside of various locales in Fiji.