Traditionally, in Fiji, a tabu area was established after the death of a chief for 100 nights, as a sign of respect and mourning. Its cultural significance is part of the reason it is arguably the most widely used management tool in Fiji and helped the Fiji LMMA grow exponentially in its work because it was no introducing a new idea, but reviving an old one.
In Fiji, communities have customary rights to fishing grounds, called iqoliqolis in the iTaukei language. Tabu areas can be placed anywhere in their fishing grounds, as part of an overall management plan for all the fishing grounds. In addition, tabus can be placed on activities. For example, the traditional leaders of Lau recently plans a tabu on night-time scuba spearfishing for the entire province as their fishing practice is leaving too few fish behind to breed and restock the reefs.