Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count

ButterflyfishTo mark the International Year of the Reef, the Fiji Government Departments of Tourism, Environment, and Fisheries, the Fiji Islands Visitors Bureau, and several reef conservation organizations are holding the Great Fiji Butterflyfish Count from November 2 to 8, 2008. That week, participants will be asked to count the butterflyfish they see over a 30-minute period during any normal snorkel, glass-bottom boat, or dive trip and fill in a simple form. The results will be put together by volunteer scientists, and publicised in reports on Fiji's reef health and on the butterflyfish website. One of the sponsors, Coral+Plus Phosphate Free Biodegradable Detergent, will provide waterproof slates with pictures of the butterflyfish to be counted, and identification and promotional materials.

This event is designed to raise awareness of Fiji's amazing marine environment, and to strengthen Fiji's national identity as an area of pristine reefs with high biodiversity. It's a fun activity for people of all ages, Fijian or visitor, whether divers, snorkellers, or glass-bottom boat passengers. Help celebrate and record Fiji's amazing coral reef biodiversity and show that you care about our world's delicate coral reef systems by taking part in the week-long hunt for the Great Fiji Butterflyfish!

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