Biologists at the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji led guests in planting 7,600 mangroves last year, and will add another 5,000 in 2019. The seedlings require about three years of care before they can live on their own. The dedicated team is also helping efforts to hatch and grow giant clams, and continuing to plant new coral.
After decades of gradual depletion, in 2016, local fishermen in Ocho Rios were confronting an estimated 600 percent decrease in fish populations, as well as an overall decrease in size (fish were harvested before they could mature). They turned to the Jamaica Inn and other local organizations for help, and last year saw the birth of the White River Fish Sanctuary, supported in part by the Jamaica Inn Foundation. The sanctuary’s wardens monitor the area for overfishing, with a goal of increasing fish populations by 500 percent over five years.