For Fiji Movement Protects Indigenous Fish Populations

Since 2001, the Mamanuca Environment Society (MES) has partnered with resorts, government organizations, and other community partners to protect the marine life and terrestrial resources of Fiji’s Mamanuca Region. Its efforts to defend the Mamanuca environment recently included a collaborative effort with SeaWeb Asia Pacific, a regional initiative of SeaWeb’s global ocean-conservation activities.

MES worked to recruit new partners for SeaWeb’s For Fiji (4FJ) movement, which seeks to protect Fiji’s diminishing fish populations. It specifically aims to preserve kawakawa and donu, also known as groupers. While these fish hold cultural significance and serve as crucial sources of both food and income, they have become a target of overfishing due to their predictable breeding patterns. The fish gather to mate at the same location each breeding season, thus making it possible for anglers to deplete their populations before they have a chance to reproduce.

To remedy this problem, 4FJ seeks the support of Fiji’s organizations, leaders, and communities to limit kawakawa and donu consumption from June through September, the fishes’ mating season. The initiative calls on Fijians to pledge their commitment not to buy, sell, or eat the fish for the four-month period in order to protect the species’ future populations. Due to the outreach efforts of SeaWeb and MES, the Malolo and Likuliku Lagoon Resorts have become the first in the region to join the conservation effort, and MES will continue its awareness-raising efforts to recruit all 12 of its member resorts for the 4FJ pledge.

Fiji’s Vacation Adventures

David Pflieger serves as the CEO of Silver Airways. The airline company serves a number of destinations in the United States and the Bahamas. Dave Pflieger’s aviation career began with a stint of almost 10 years in the U.S. Air Force. Afterwards, he held the role of operations attorney at Delta Air Lines. In addition, Dave Pflieger served Air Pacific Ltd., Fiji‘s national carrier, and contributed to the revitalization of the country’s national tourism office.

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Fiji places great emphasis on tourism, making it a top vacation destination. Visitors to Fiji can enjoy a host of outdoor adventure activities, including boating, cave and helicopter tours, and parasailing. Plenty of hiking opportunities exist: Dawasamu’s Tova Peak hike in the District of Dawasamu, Tailevu, is one. Locations such as Beqa Lagoon Reef offer snorkeling opportunities through fishing charters and cruises.

Fiji’s wildlife park is located at Kula Eco Park, offering visitors the opportunity to see native animals such as the endangered Fijian iguana.

4 New Travel Startups to Check Out

Travel can be intimidating. There are a lot of places to go, a lot of things to do, and a lot of areas to see. There are lots of foods to eat, drinks to drink, and experiences to experience. Thankfully, with the rise of technology and an increase in startups across the country, there are companies specializing in helping you in every way. Here are 4 travel startups you should look at the next time you’re planning a trip anywhere on this earth of

  1. NirvanaTrip: This startup is meant for the travelers who voyage for their soul and spiritual reasons. It aims to connect spiritual and religious travels with each other across the world so that they share advice, places to see, and anything they have experienced. It can also help set up and plan trips to specific areas and for pilgrimages.
  2. Choice N Cheers: Have you ever arrived to a city only to wonder where you could grab a drink and explore the local scene? Choice N Cheers aims to change that by creating a comprehensive list of the best bars in the area as well as the quickest and most efficient route to get there. It wants to make meeting locals an easy and fun experience.
  3. Routes: Routes is an interesting new company that wants you to share your route with others. It allows you to link your favorite places together and create a travel guide to get from one to the other. The routes are then voted on by other users, with the most popular showing up for easy viewing.
  4. STAPPZ: STAPPZ allows you to take pictures and map them out, creating a visual guide for others users and letting them get a taste of the things that they may seem. It’s a cool way to explore a city and figure out what’s worth the effort of finding.

These 4 companies are just some of the new ones springing up every day to help with travel purposes. Read here and here for more.

5 Tips for Packing a Healthy Lunch

How many times have you complained to yourself about not bringing a healthy, packed lunch to work? I know the feeling — I’m sure that everyone knows that feeling well. Below are five tips to help make packing lunch easier and not an experience that deserves avoidance and excuses. Getting lunch delivered to your office or from a place nearby is an easy and mindless habit to fall into without even noticing. Even when you try to order healthy (such as salad), the reality is that it will never be as healthy as something you prepare yourself.salad, sandwich, wellness, healthy eating

  1. Plan ahead: One of the best things about getting delivery or takeout at work is the minimal amount of effort required to feed yourself — one of the main issues with preparing a packed lunch. Plan ahead and prepare all of the necessary ingredients and packing items so that you can cut down on the work you need to do. Cook enough food to have leftovers for the next day or dedicate an evening to preparing lunches in advance; just plan ahead!
  2. Keep it simple: Healthy doesn’t have to mean complicated. Keep simple healthy ingredients on hand so that you can whip up simple and healthy meals without needing to think so hard.
  3. Add variety: They say that variety is the spice of life and healthy food has the potential for so much variety! Avoid getting bored of your lunch by paying special attention towards trying new recipes and using new flavors in interesting ways. There are so many delicious ways to eat healthy — can you find them all?
  4. Partner up: They say that misery love company! That’s a joke! But seriously though, company makes everything better and that includes eating healthy and packing lunch. Get your partner or spouse to join you in preparing lunches for the week. Turn it into a fun bonding ritual that also helps keep you in better shape.
  5. Stock up at work: Do you like snacking at work? Stock your desk with healthy snacks and options so that you can pack less for lunch and just supplement your lunch with snacks throughout the day.

These are just five ways to make packing lunch easier than it is. Use these tips to double down on your healthy routine and keep moving towards the improved you that you’re aiming for! Click here for the article.

from Dave Pflieger Wellness

5 Companies with Great Corporate Social Responsibility

Companies that are living and working in this world have the responsibility to give back to those that make their existence possible. Giving back not only helps the surround community, but it also helps build strong bonds between the company and its employees as well. There are a lot of companies that are doing great things with corporate social responsibility. Below are five companies that are taking CSR to a whole new level and are changing lives around the world.corporate social responsibility

  1. Starbucks: For the over 40 years it’s been around, Starbucks has been working hard to maintain its status as one of the most socially responsible companies in the country. Fortune magazine ranked it as 5th most socially responsible company in 2012 and the with initiatives that constantly include searching for new ways to produce coffee in sustainable ways, the company is well-deserving. It also support Ethos Water, which provides clean water to over a billion people.
  2. Disney: Disney returns the love it receives from millions of families by focusing on corporate social responsibility in areas such as the community, the environment, and volunteering. One place where Disney has really taken off is when it comes to providing aid and relief after natural disasters — it donated to Haitian earthquake relief in 2010. Disney also donates profit from nature films to plant trees in the rain forest and protect the coral reefs.
  3. NuSkin: NuSkin is a personal care company that focuses its CSR efforts on community efforts across the world. It has an initiative called Nourish the Children that started in 2002 and has already surpassed over 350 million nutrient-rich meals given to needy children. It also has an initiative called Force For Good Foundation that works to with children and preventing disease, illiteracy, and poverty.
  4. Microsoft: As befitting for a company of it’s size and reputation, Microsoft works hard towards giving back to the community and was even named the best at CSR by the Reputation Institute. One of the best of it’s initiatives is the Employee Giving Campaign in which employees go to fundraisers for the nonprofits of their choice. It has been held every years since 1983 and has raised over $1 billion in donations to over 31,000 charities and nonprofits.
  5. TOMS Shoes: TOMS shoes is known amongst the corporate world for being a smaller company with the CSR abilities and ambitions of a much larger one. The company was founded on the idea of giving back and has made it a part of the core message. For every pair of shoes that they sell, they will donate a pair to a child in need — so far, over 10 million pairs of shoes have been donated. The company is now also expanding a similar idea to vision care.

These are just some of the examples of great corporate social responsibility coming from companies that have truly excelled in the field. There are so many other companies out there with strong CSR practices and they should all be lauded. If you’d like to read more, the link is here.

from Dave Pflieger CSR

Progress in Island Air

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The 34-year old company Island Air is looking forward to obtaining new aircraft that can serve Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island.  By creating more jobs and building a sustainable company, Dave Pflieger, who became CEO on October 1st, hopes to provide employees with exciting professional opportunities and job security.  Recently, the Hawaii-based airline announced in April that it was cutting 20 percent from its 341-member workforce, reducing service and postponing its decision on bringing in a new fleet of planes.  Pflieger said the company’s principal request for all unions is to extend the date of negotiations to a period when Island Air “expects to be done with restructuring and growth and to be profitable.” While the contract is still unresolved, Pflieger is confident that, “Our restructuring efforts are well underway and already producing results.”  New planes would allow for greater possibility for travel throughout Hawaii.  The possibility to add destinations beyond the Islands is being discussed.

“The entire team here at Island Air has done an amazing job over the past 10 months significantly improving operational performance and reliability, enhancing customer service, increasing revenue and reducing costs.”

There are three main groups of employees that contribute to Island Air.  The International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents customer service employees, aircraft maintenance and flight attendants. The Transport Workers Union represents flight dispatchers and crew schedulers. The pilots are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association.  Each employee is integral to Island Air’s service.  They could be the flight attendants who guide you through safety procedures or the customer service employee who you correspond via email to buy your ticket.  They all work diligently every day to keep travelers safe and provide a memorable experience.

In an an email last week concerning cuts of union members, CEO Pflieger said “Almost 90 percent of these members voted ‘yes’ to our proposals for a sustainable future. We are continuing to hold discussions with our pilots.”  

All staff cuts and changes in service were proposed to implement sustainable solutions for its service.  By consolidating operations to a smaller number of markets, the company is focused on cost and revenue structure.  What is most important to Plieger is the his goal to “create more competition and provide the people of Hawaii with an affordable alternative for inter-island air travel.”

Pflieger highlighted the possibility of purchasing aircraft in the near future. Customers and business partners alike are noticing positive changes. “These results and others are proving that we have a very exciting future ahead of us — one that will greatly benefit the people of Hawaii and all of our employees.”

Check out the Island Air website here.

from Dave Pflieger Aviation

The For Fiji Movement Gains Partner in Mamanuca Resorts

Fiji, like many nations across the South Pacific, faces numerous environmental challenges. One of the most significant issues, the health of the country’s fish population, has become the focus of the For Fiji Movement, or 4FJ, a campaign created by SeaWeb Asia Pacific. Now, thanks to the work of the Mamanuca Environment Society, two resorts in Mamanuca have joined the movement, and plans are underway to extend participation to all of the society’s partnering resorts.

The 4FJ mission has its roots in Fiji’s oldest industry, the fishing of grouper, known locally as Kawakawa and Donu. These fish represent a major source of food and economic opportunity, but overfishing has been a catastrophic problem. In response, 4FJ has instituted a pledge to avoid catching, eating, or buying these fish during their critical breeding season, between June and September, with the goal of stabilizing the population and protecting an important natural resource for the people of Fiji. The Mamanuca Environment Society has sought to bring its partner resorts into the movement, assisting 4FJ in its goal of uniting every element of Fijian society and safeguarding one of the nation’s natural treasures.

Silver Airways Expands Service to Southeast United States

A major Florida and Bahamas airline, Silver Airways recently implemented a major expansion in the Southeastern U.S. with new, daily nonstop flights to and from New Orleans. The overall expansion plan was designed under the leadership of former CEO Dave Pflieger and the increases in service include nonstop twice-daily flights between New Orleans and Birmingham, Alabama, and nonstop once-daily flights between New Orleans and Pensacola. These new flights offer individuals living in the Birmingham and Pensacola areas easy, nonstop access to New Orleans, while opening up many key points in Florida and the Bahamas to New Orleans residents through connection opportunities.

In addition, Silver Airways recently announced new daily nonstop flights between Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and Orlando International Airport. The route offers Georgia residents one-stop service to Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee, Key West, and several destinations in the Bahamas. The Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport has not had direct flights to Florida since 2011, when American Eagle stopped serving Miami. The new service also opens up opportunities for individuals in the Orlando area to explore the Georgia coast.

Fiji Tourism Boom Accompanied by Push for Sustainability


In Fiji, tourism serves as a major pillar of economic security, with one-fourth of the economy based in the tourism industry. Indeed, in 2014 alone, over 700,000 visitors came to Fiji, making it another record-breaking year for the popular destination. However, as with many beautiful countries in the South Pacific, Fiji faces a fundamental problem: balancing the growth of the tourism industry with the protection of the natural beauty that makes the nation so popular with vacationers. Luckily, Fiji is using its booming tourism industry to foster sustainable initiatives.

Fiji’s green growth framework seeks to partner the tourism industry and local communitiesfiji sustainability issues in protecting delicate natural environments. Coastal villages work on the management of the country’s 170 marine protected areas, while local business initiatives aim to foster healthy economic growth. Meanwhile, ecotourism is enjoying significant gains, with several environmentally friendly resorts popping up in Fiji. Given that tourism remains the most carbon-intensive industry in the region, the country expects to face significant challenges in offsetting carbon through ecologically sustainable action, challenges it will meet with local and international partners alike.

Essential Scuba Diving Equipment

Airline executive David “Dave” Pflieger enjoys spending his days off participating in outdoor activities, such as tennis and golf. Dave Pflieger also travels and scuba dives.


When it comes to scuba diving, a person must obtain the proper equipment to ensure a safe and fun experience. The following are standard scuba diving equipment to purchase or rent before a dive.

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Image Source: Pixabay1. A mask. Providing the necessary air space to focus vision, a mask must be fitted to each individual diver.

2. A snorkel. This piece of equipment is vital on the surface of the water. It allows a person to breathe without using and wasting tank air.

3. A pair of fins. Fins ease movement underwater by covering a larger surface area with each stroke of the leg.

4. Scuba cylinder and valves. Made of aluminum or steel, container stores the all-important high-pressure air breathed during a dive. The valve controls air flow.

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5. A regulator. Controlling air flow, a regulator sends air to a diver when inhaling and preserves air when it is not needed.

6. A buoyancy control device. Sold in a back-mount or jacket style, the device can be inflated or deflated, as necessary, to adjust buoyancy in the water.