I have probably referenced this before but it is quite relevant to the Qoliqoli discussion - about the Great Sea Reef of Macuata which has been given a tabu by the Macuata chiefs. It is a pdf file here. There are some great pics and also a map which shows the qoliqoli areas.
Part of the discussion is as follows:
Despite the relative intactness of the Great Sea Reef (GSR) and the high levels of biodiversity, emerging pressures are threatening the health and integrity of the reef.
The GSR fringes coastal areas of many sugar cane and pine plantations, and the increasing urbanisation around the township of Labasa. Parts of the GSR are also fished commercially for live reef fish, beche-de-mer and trochus. The most damaged sites in terms of siltation, rubbish and high fishing pressures were observed around Labasa.
Commercially important fish were found in very low numbers and considered to be small in size.
Several threats have been identified by the survey team and communities:
• Over-fishing and poaching by illegal fishers.
• The use of small-mesh fishing nets (regulated three inch mesh size).
• Fish poisoning – an old fishing technique which uses the root of a coastal plant ‘duva’
• Use of hookah for beche-de-mer collection.
• Siltation of near-shore environment caused by erosion and upland activities, especially
near Malau timber factory.
• Dredging of sand for
construction purposes at Mali Passage.
• Development activities such as drainage of blast water by large vessels in Nadamu Passage.
• Untreated waste water from factories and Labasa town.