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. He is a trained teacher who did his Bachelor of Arts in Education and Masters of Arts studies at USP. He obtained his PhD in Environment Management and Development from the National Centre of Development Studies (NCDS) at the Australian National University. Apart from teaching, Joeli conducts research in different parts of Fiji and the Pacific Island Countries with partners from USP and abroad 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 and Law of the Sea, maritime transport and regional cooperation in the Pacific Islands. He also has worked as a trainer and researcher in most of the Pacific Island Countries as well as in Australia, Canada, Malta, USA, South Africa, Portugal, Japan, France, Norway, Korea, Scotland and the Caribbean.


Current Research Program


Maintain sustained long-term research programs in marine studies and promote excellent, consequential and multidisciplinary scientific research , which is new, appropriate and transformative at the regional and international levels.


  • Address multidisciplinary scientific issues relating Pacific Islands, culture, environment and biodiversity.
  • Demonstrate the sustainable use and effective governance of natural resources in the PIC’s for the simultaneous advancement, prosperity and development of people and the conservation of their rich biodiversity and environment.
  • Promote human resources capable of generating excellent scientific data and information for making informed and rational decisions based on factual evidence for the welfare of people and nature in the PICs.
  • Increase the visibility of university research and to inform the public about its importance for the management and conservation of natural resources in PICs.
  • Attract more local and international students to conduct research and knowledge creation in marine studies in the Pacific Islands.

Joeli’s research focus is on improving understanding of the ocean in the Pacific Islands; sustainably developing and managing the use of ocean resources in the Pacific region; maintaining the health of the Pacific Ocean; promoting peaceful use of the sea in the Pacific Islands; improving ocean governance in the Pacific Islands region and creating partnerships and cooperation within the Pacific Islands and beyond.


Current Research Objectives

  • leading community based research and training on sustainable development, rehabilitation and adaptation to global challenges appropriate for Pacific Islands
  • conduct resource use surveys that help in the compilation of information that can be useful to decision makers in Pacific Island Countries
  • support national, regional and global initiatives for better management of marine resources and the marine environment in the region
  • advocate for improved relation with and the conservation of the marine environment and resources
  • promote tertiary education and training in different fields of marine studies
  • document and share innovative research results to better represent the unique situation in Small Island Developing States in the Pacific region.


Publications from 2014 to 2018

Ledua, E. and Veitayaki, J. (2018). Balancing Sustainable Tuna Resource Management and Economic Development: Small Island Developing States Perspectives. 363 – 368.

Veitayaki, J. (2018). Ocean in Us: Security of Life in the World's Largest Ocean. Pacific Studies, Vol. 41, No. 1—Apr. 2018.

Veitayaki, J, Ledua, E., Nakoro, A., Hong, H.P., Han, D.P, Moon, S., Breckwoldt, A., (2018). Future Use of Past Practices: Policy Implications of Insights from Two Community-based Marine Resources Management Initiatives in Fiji. (Aldo Chircop, Scott Coffen-Smout, and Moira McConnell (eds.). Ocean Yearbook 32: 376 – 406.

Thaman, B., Thaman, R.R., Balawa, A. and Veitayaki, J. (2017). The Recovery of a Tropical Marine Mollusk Fishery: A Transdisciplinary Community-Based Approach In Navakavu, Fiji. Journal of Ethnobiology 37(3): 494-513.

Gard, R. A. and Veitayaki, J. (2017). In the Wake of Winston – Climate Change, Mobility and Resiliency in Fiji. International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering. Vol. 7 No. 2 (2017): 157-168.

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.


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