Naitauba’s reef is a complex living system nearly 12 miles in circumference, extending many hundreds of feet into the ocean depths, and millions of years old. And yet, as a living system, it is under threat right now, largely as a result of human activities, and most significantly, over a span of the past few decades.
The vast scale and complexity of the reef make monitoring and understanding it a humbling task, especially as the changes seem to unfold more and more rapidly with each passing year. And yet it is a fundamental part of our care for this beautiful and unique Island.
So we are immensely grateful to have had the opportunity in July 2016 to host innovative marine ecologist and biologist Victor Bonito for a one-week visit to Naitauba to see the reef, assess its condition, identify the factors affecting its health, and give us directions forward.