Sampling event

Freshwater plankton and macroinvertebrate survey in the subcatchments of the Ba River, Viti Levu, Fiji

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Publication date:
05 January 2023
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This dataset details the findings of a series of freshwater surveys for macroinvertebrates, periphyton and plankton in selected sub-catchments of the Ba River (Viti Levu, Fiji) that were conducted in 2019. The survey was funded under the Fiji Global Environment Facility 5 System for Transparent Allocation of Resources Ridge to Reef project.

The sub-catchments surveyed were Waimanu, Waisali, Nadrou, Navisa, Nakara and Nabiarua. A list of targeted taxon was first compiled and investigated across all sites. The results of the surveys are presented here as presence and absence records.

Data Records

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1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

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This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: e13f7a37-837e-4199-824b-b7404ffc4f1f.  The University of the South Pacific publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Participant Node Managers Committee.


Samplingevent; freshwater; macroinvertebrate; plankton; periphyton


Bindiya Rashni
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Regional Coordinator Oceania
Freshwater Biodiversity Observation Network
Kelly Brown
  • Curator
The University of the South Pacific

Geographic Coverage

The Ba River catchment on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-18.334, 177.034], North East [-17.246, 178.649]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2019-03-14 / 2019-03-26

Project Data

Freshwater biodiversity data is under reported for the Oceanic islands due to lack of trained resident specialists, misreported dataset and or unpublished dataset mostly limited to grey literature. This can be improved by training freshwater project related representatives from targeted Oceania countries for collation and updating of the existing data on GBIF database. The proposed project aims to directly engage the pool of freshwater experts in the Melanesian region to build capacity on regional freshwater biota data updating and mobilization. This will then contribute to inland wetland policy strengthening, national level ramsar commitments, National Biodiversity Strategic Assessment and Planning (NBSAP), Endangered and Protected Species (EPS) ACT Bill, Environment Management Act in Fiji for example, and eventually near future freshwater species and ecosystem Red Listing Assessments. The targeted countries are Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

Title Addressing Oceania’s freshwater biodiversity data deficiency by mobilizing Melanesian datasets
Identifier BID-PA2020-010-REG
Funding European Union. GBIF.

The personnel involved in the project:

Kelly Brown

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