Stacy Jupiter

By Dr. Stacy Jupiter Totoya Sacred Reef Declared Marine Protected Area for World Oceans Day This is the final blog documenting an 8-day, marine expedition to Fiji. “We’re making history today,” Roko Josefa Cinavilakeba, the high chief (Roko Sau) of the Yasayasamoala Group, leaned over and said to me as we sped out to Totoya’s...

By Dr. Stacy Jupiter I Love the Night Dive, I Got to Boogie This is the fifth of several blogs documenting an 8-day, marine expedition to Fiji. “Why are you wearing that funky yellow mask?” one of the crew of our research vessel asked. “I’m going on a disco dive,” I replied. He was rightfully...

By Dr. Stacy Jupiter Fish Are Friends And Food This is the fourth of several blogs documenting an 8-day, marine expedition to Fiji. Bruce, the bull shark from the movie Finding Nemo leads a Sharks Anonymous meeting with the mantra, “I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine.  If I am to change...

By Dr. Stacy Jupiter Daveda Tabu – Totoya’s Sacred Reef This is the third of several blogs documenting an 8-day, marine expedition to Fiji. Daveda Tabu means the “sacred passage.”  It is the gateway to Totoya’s lagoon, the only entry point through the southern section of the barrier reef.  When entering by boat through the...

By Dr. Stacy Jupiter Meke for Makareta and Roko Sau This is the second of several blogs documenting an 8-day, marine expedition to Fiji. I stood on the deck of the research vessel with Makareta Cinavilakeba, the stunning young wife of the high chief of the Yasayasamoala Group. She could hardly contain her excitement. Even...

By Dr. Stacy Jupiter Lau – Land of Islands Lost This is the first of several blogs documenting an 8-day, marine expedition to Fiji. Tomorrow we board our research vessel to embark on our journey to the remote reaches of Fiji’s oceans. We are headed to Lau Province, where communities hold their reefs sacred and...