Category Archives: General

Lagoon Day 2015

“Our Problem, Our Solution” was the theme of this years’ 8th annual Lagoon Day.  The event began in 2008 as an interactive, hands-on approach to raising awareness and educating our future leaders on the impacts that humans can have on … Continue reading

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What’s up with the rori guts?

    Walking along the beach in Arorangi yesterday, I (Tiffany) started seeing sea cucumbers that looked a little… unhappy. Sea cucumbers, called rori here, are often present on the sandy lagoon floor right by the shore, looking a bit … Continue reading

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Operation COT: crown of thorns sea stars

A purple and orange, slimy, spiky, dangerous eating machine: the crown of thorns starfish (COTS) (Acanthaster planci) eats coral. Normal low numbers of COTS are fine: some corals are eaten, but the reef as a whole remains healthy and the corals … Continue reading

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See you in a week!

Kia orana, everyone. This will be a quieter week on the blog, as the entire PICI team will be on Aitutaki (3 of us are joining the ALMP group who’ve been there 2 weeks so far). There will be lots … Continue reading

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Three bottles blue

Walking along near Rutaki, I (Tiffany) found a beautiful blob on the beach. This pretty thing is called a bluebottle, and it’s a siphonophore, a type of marine cnidarian much like a jellyfish. There are a few around Rarotonga that … Continue reading

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Blue sea stars & green sea turtles

I am still regularly astonished at the bright colours of sea creatures here on the coral reefs and lagoon areas of Rarotonga. I grew up in a semi-arid steppe climate, where most animals are responsible shades of green, yellow, brown, … Continue reading

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In with the nu

One of the most iconic experiences when one comes to the islands is the use of fresh coconuts. Well, often what comes first is the first fright on the island, when a coconut falls from a tall palm and lands … Continue reading

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Lavender beetles and new growth

Kia orana What an exciting time for PICI! It has been a full year, with much more to come. Like this hermit crab on Aroa beach, we’ve got a shell to fill and room to grow. Allow me to introduce … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Pacific Islands Conservation Initiative

Hey everyone! Welcome to our blog of everything we are up to. We intend to use this among other information streams, such as Facebook and Twitter to keep everyone informed and engaged about what we are doing. If you ever … Continue reading

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