The global COVID-19 (or coronavirus) pandemic is having a major impact across the globe and on all segments of the population. The effects on Pacific Island countries and territories have been extremely varied; six have had to manage viral infections while others are so far managing to keep the virus entirely from their shores. The social and economic impacts across different 2 sectors has yet to be quantified. In all cases the national responses have many potential implications for coastal communities but these need better understanding if international and government responses are to be most effective and suit the particular circumstances of different villages and countries. The LMMA Network and partners such as WorldFish, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and ANCORS have developed a survey tool to gain basic and rapid insights into changes occurring in villages and their fisheries. Twenty-six respondents from thirteen districts in four provinces were interviewed to investigate the associated impacts of COVID-19 on coastal communities in rural Fiji.