Fiji Marine Research & Conservation National Scholarship Program was awarded to IAS/USP Graduate Research Student Mr Tomasi Tikoibua to further his knowledge and skills as a Marine Researcher. The one month training was funded and facilitated by the Global Vision International (GVI-Fiji) which is a non-governmental organization and as well as Fiji Locally Managed Marine Areas (FLMMA) partners working in marine conservation in the Yasawa Groups of Island. The training was attended by volunteers from other parts of the world that includes Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany to name a few. The National Scholarship Program was developed to enhance the marine conservation effort to communities through cross-sharing of information and for capacity building purposes to a National Scholar engaged in this programme.
Mr Tikoibua also contributed to the Marine Environment awareness programme to the Matacawalevu Village and assisted GVI Community Project staff in enhancing their waste management initiative in the Yasawas. Fortunately, the one month stint was well utilized by Mr Tikoibua through gaining knowledge on under water survey basic taxonomic training, Compressor Training, Offsite Expedition Training and as well as Certification on scuba training that includes Open Water and Advance Open Water Diving Certification.
According to Mr Tikoibua, the training has provided him with an opportunity to make new friends, sharing ideas (culturally and professionally), broaden his knowledge and skills in underwater research and as well as spreading a gospel of conservation to the remote areas in the Yasawas.