World Oceans Day: Vanua Levu Fiji
On 8 June 2017, we celebrate World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Overall theme for World Oceans Day 2017: Our Oceans, Our Future! Encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future.
To pay attention to the vulnerability of Fiji’s and other coral reefs to plastic pollution, we present you today the PROBA-V 100 m false-colour image of 25 May 2016. It shows the second major island Vanua Levu in full glory, surrounded by coastal reefs that can be recognised by the blue-green taints.
Fiji is an archipelago of more than 330 islands, located in the Pacific Ocean at about two-thirds from Hawaii to New Zealand and intersected by the 180o meridian.
It was gradually formed through volcanic activity starting 150 million years ago, with some islands still having geothermal activity. The Fiji islands are most well-known for their pristine beaches and majestic coral reefs.
However, the beauty of the these beaches and reefs is threatened by increasing amounts of micro-plastic pollution that are suspended in the ocean water and are transported by the South Pacific Gyre.