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New dedicated Enviro Officer for Mamanuca Is resort

August 25, 2015 5:13 pm Category: Biodiversity, Latest News, Pacific Islands A+ / A-


Mamanuca Is beautiful marine life is receiving some first class attention

Mamanuca Is beautiful marine life is receiving some first class attention

The spectacular biodiversity that lies within Fiji’s Mamanuca island group will continue to thrive with the appointment of Sophie Clay as the new Environmental Officer at Treasure Island Resort.

Treasure Island Resort was the first resort in Mamanuca to establish a marine sanctuary for the protection and preservation of the reef surrounding the island group. Guests of the resort witness the locations incredible and colourful marine life and coral growth.

The resort was the first resort to employ a dedicated and fully-qualified environmental officer to direct sustainable tourism initiatives across the island.

Ms Clay will spearhead Treasure Island’s long term conservation programs for Hawksbill Turtles, Reef Restoration and Rare Crested Iguanas, among other things.

Ms Clay will bring to the role, academic qualifications including MSc in Environmental Management from the University of Queensland, Australia, with a Dean’s commendation for academic achievement and The Nature Conservancy Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Conservation and Sustainable Development.

According to Treasure Island Resort, some of Ms Clay’s previous roles, in Asia, Africa and Australia, encompassed marine and terrestrial conservation agencies, in addition to undertaking a research internship focusing on marine conservation and food security issues in the pacific region; Marine protected Area Design and implementation as well as broader conservation policy development analysis and management effectiveness. As well as a qualified Reef Check Eco Diver Trainer and SCUBA instructor, Ms Clay will combine practical research and project management experience with a passion for protecting fragile coral reefs and conserving marine life.

Treasure Island Resort and Bounty Island Resort are two of Fiji’s most popular island resorts. Treasure Island is a four-star resort that offers guests 68 traditionally-styled and recently renovated bures, along with a sophisticated restaurant and bar, impressive three-tiered swimming pool and a highly acclaimed kids’ club.

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