Nature at the centre of Fiji's way of life
It is an area with high marine biodiversity due to the extent and remoteness of its shallow tropical marine habitats which include:
- oceanic reefs
- near-shore fringing reefs
- mangrove forests
- seagrass beds
- deep oceanic drop offs
- construction material.
Over 80% of land is communally owned by indigenous Fijians. This customary tenure system in Fiji enables natural resource owners to have complete control over utilisation of resources within all of the inshore fishing areas or i qoliqoli.
Fijians have an important traditional relationship with the sea, reflected in their lifestyles, customs, traditional knowledge and history.