School of Marine Studies

School of Marine Studies

Dr. Joeli Veitayaki

Title: Associate Professor

Room #: 134-240c

School: School of Marine Studies

Email: joeli.veitayaki(at)

Phone: 32 32960

Fax: 323 1858



Joeli Veitayaki is an Associate Professor at the School of Marine Studies. He is also Director for the International Ocean Institute Pacific Islands based at the USP and is Co-Chair of the Korea-South Pacific Ocean Forum. Joeli is a trained teacher who did his Bachelors and Masters of Arts studies at USP. He obtained his PhD in Environment Management and Development from Australian National University. Apart from teaching, Joeli works closely with researchers from USP and abroad and Fiji and Pacific Island communities to promote the sustainable use and management of marine resources. He has written articles and books on the importance of subsistence and artisanal fisheries, indigenous knowledge and traditional resources management systems, culture, capacity building, climate change, disaster risk reduction, community based resource management, sustainable development, Law of the Sea in the Pacific Islands, maritime transport and regional cooperation in the Pacific Islands. He has worked as a trainer and researcher in most of the Pacific Island Countries as well as in Australia, Canada, USA, South Africa, Portugal, Japan, France, Norway, Korea and Scotland.


Publications from 2013 to 2017

Fache, E., Pauwels, S. and Veitayaki, J., (2016) Introduction: Pacific islanders, custodians of the oceans facing fisheries challenges. Pp. 7-18 in Fache, E and S. Pauwels (eds) Fisheries in the Pacific The challenges of governance and sustainability. Marseille: pacific-credo publications.

Newell, A., Nuttall, P. Prasad, B.C. and Veitayaki, J. (2016) Turning the Tide: the need for sustainable sea transport in the Pacific. Marine Policy, NA. ISSN 0308-597X. 

Remling, E. and Veitayaki, J. (2016) Community-based action in Fiji’s Gau Island: a model for the Pacific? International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, 8 (3). NA. ISSN 1756-8692

Thaman, B., J.D. Icely, B.D.D. Fragoso and J. Veitayaki, (2016) A comparison of community perceptions and involvement in conservation between the Fiji Islands and Southwestern Portugal. Ocean and Coastal Management 133:43-52.

Veitayaki, J. and E. Ledua (2016) Development Policy Options for Coastal and Tuna Fisheries in the Pacific Islands: the same side of the same coin. Pp. 255-282 in Fache, E and S. Pauwels (eds) Fisheries in the Pacific The challenges of governance and sustainability. Marseille: pacific-credo publications.

Nuttall, P. and J. Veitayaki (2015) .Oceania is vast, Canoe is centre, Village is anchor, continent is margin. Pp. 560-575 in Smith, H.D, De Vivero, J.L.S. and Agardy, T.S. (eds) Routledge Handbook of Ocean Resources and Management. London: Routledge.

Veitayaki J., V. Waqalevu, R. Varea and N. Rollings (2015) Mangrove in the Small Island Developing States in the Pacific: An Overview of a highly important and seriously threatened species.

Fache, E., S. Pauwels, J. Veitayaki. (2015) Introduction: When it comes to fish, we all have our eggs in the same basket.

Veitayaki, J. and E. Holland, (2015). Lessons from Lomani Gau Project, Fiji: a local community’s response to climate change. In Crook, T. and P. Rudiak-Gould (ed.) Appropriating Climate Change: Pacific Reception of a Scientific Prophecy.

Veitayaki, J.; Breckwoldt, A.; Sigarua, T.; Bulai, N.; Rokomate, A. (2015). Living from the Sea: Culture and Marine Conservation in Fiji. Suva: iTaukei Trust.

Kitolelei, J., Torii, T., Veitayaki, J. (2014). Challenges in Managing Fishing Boundaries in Fiji-A Comparison of Veivatuloa and Nakawakawa Fishing Boundaries, Journal of Regional Fisheries, Vol. 54, 25-43.

Buhadi, Y. A. E. S. M., T. Kobari, K. Kawai, T. Yamamoto, H. Suzuki, S. Nishimura, T. Torri and J. Veitayaki (2013). "Food Availability for Particle-Feeding Bivalves, Anadara spp., in Fiji." Pacific Science 67: 539-551.

Holland, E., P. Nuttall, A. Newell, B. Prasad, J. Veitayaki, A. Bola and J. Kaitu'u (2014). "Connecting the dots: policy connections between Pacific Island shipping and global CO2 and pollutant emission reduction." Carbon Management 5: 93-105.

Veitayaki, J, and P. Manoa. (2014) Building Capacity in the Marine Sector in the Pacific Islands: the role of the University of the South Pacific. In M.R. Dakuidreketi and G.I. Lingam (eds). Higher Education Community Engagement In the Pacific Development and Policy Issues. Suva: USP Press.

ジョエリ・ヴェイタヤキ. (2014). 太平洋島嶼における地域主体型の漁村管理とその意義. In 陽. 藤田, 健. 渡久地, & し. かりまた, 島嶼地域の新たな展望::自然・文化・社会の融合対としての島々 (pp. 125-149). 福岡市: 一般財団法人九州大学出版会.

藤田, 陽., 渡久地, 健., & かりまた, し. (2014). 島嶼地域の新たな展望:琉球大学国際沖縄研究所. 福岡市: 一般財団法人九州大学出版会.

(Veitayaki, J. (2014) Community-based fisheries management in Fiji: implications for coastal management. Pp 125-149 in Y. Fujita, K. Toguchi and S. Karimata (eds). The New Vision of Small Island Areas: integrating nature, culture and society. Kyushu University Press, Fukuoka, Japan.)

Veitayaki, J. (2014) Vakarau ni se Siga Toka (prepare while there is time): Lomani Gau’s response to Climate Change. In Qalo, R. (ed). Pacific Voices Local Government and Climate Change. (pp. 85-101). Suva: USP. PACE-SD and Commonwealth Local Government Pacific Forum.

Nuttall, P., Newell, A., Prasad, B., Veitayaki, J. and Holland, E.  (2013)  “A review of sustainable sea-transport for Oceania: Providing context for renewable energy shipping for the Pacific”.  Marine Policy Vol. 43 (Jan 2014) 283-287

Prasad, B., Veitayaki, J., Holland, E,. Nuttall, P. Newell, A., Bola, A. and Kaitu’u, J.  (2013)  “Sustainable Sea Transport Research Programme: Toward a Research-based Programme of Investigation for Oceania”.  Journal of Pacific Studies (33) 78-95.


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