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Outrigger Beach Resort Commits To Environment

“With the past cyclones there have been some damages to the amount of work that we did out there so now we are just trying to bring everything back and be out there more,
25 Feb 2022 12:05
Outrigger Beach Resort Commits To Environment
The team from the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee before heading out with the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton earlier this month to participate in the coral planting activity. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort is committed to protecting the environment both on the mainland and out at sea.

These were the sentiments shared by the resort’s Director of Information Technology, Shaneel Pillay who, at the moment, is taking care of the activities and spa departments at the resort.

Mr Pillay said the resort focused heavily on coral planting where resort staff and guests participated in coral planting every week.

He said alongside that, the resort was equally focused on attending to the inflation of the crown-of-thorns starfish that were killing the corals.

“With the past cyclones there have been some damages to the amount of work that we did out there so now we are just trying to bring everything back and be out there more,” he said.

“The major threat to the corals out there is the crown-of-thorns starfish, they kill a lot of corals so our team goes out daily and whenever a guest wants to accompany our team, they tag along and what we try and do is remove the crown-of-thorns from the lagoon.

“We track how many corals we plant, how many fish houses we sink and how much garbage we remove when we go out for coral planting.

“We are also keeping track of how many crown-of-thorns we remove because after the cyclone they really increased and that is one thing that we are majorly focusing on now because if we don’t remove the crown-of-thorns, all the work that we do will go to waste because it dies out again.”

He said the resort was also fortunate to partner with students from the University of the South Pacific that were also assisting the resort in saving the corals.

Mr Pillay added an average of about 30 crown-of-thorns starfish were removed every month.

He said Outrigger also planned to establish a coral propagation pond outside to plant corals and later set them out into the sea.

Feedback: nicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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