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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Monitoring the Pollution in Suva Harbour, Fiji

This is another report from Edward regarding a field trip that was carried out this week within the Suva Harbour.

This trip was aimed at analysing the level of pollution on the bottom sediments and water quality in Suva Harbour. The increasing level of pollution in coastal areas is becoming a major concern for most Pacific Island countries, including Solomon Islands. The current level of pollution in Suva Harbour is alarming that even responsible authorities are trying to take steps to minimise it by forming a group known as "Save the Suva Harbour Foundation". The University of the South Pacific is also taking a leading role in the continuous monitoring of pollution in Fiji waters.

During the trip, students engaged in measurements of hydrogen sulfide in sediments and water quality parameters such as temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH etc which will assist them to determine the current level of pollution. This trip was part of a Marine Pollution Course.

Pictures from Edward


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