Our team

Our global team

We are a diverse family of conservation and development professionals who put fishers first. More than 70% of our 300-strong team is based in and alongside coastal communities. Our decentralised structure keeps us close to the coastal communities we serve, and ensures the work we do is effective and sustainable.

UK

Our global headquarters is in Bristol, and our team is overseen by our board of trustees.

Aaron Samuels
Finance Officer
Abigail Leadbeater
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Dr Al Harris
Alasdair Harris
Executive Director
Amira Dahir
Purchase Ledger Assistant
Annie Tourette
Head of Advocacy
Candice von Memerty
Head of HR
Charlie Gough
Technical Advisor Fisheries Management and Conservation
Cennet Saglam-Kidner
Finance Manager
Charlie Young
Senior Communications Officer & Expedition Leader
Charlotte Ryder
Financial Accountant
Christopher Giordano
Technical Advisor for Value Chains and Markets
David Parreño Duque
Field Programmes Support Manager
Davide Grazi
Health and Safety and Safeguarding Manager
Gildas Andriamalala
Technical Advisor – Governance and Capacity Building
Hannah Gilchrist
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Irene Sanchez
Irene Sanchez
Digital Design Officer
jenny-oates
Jenny Oates
Knowledge Development Manager
Jenny Maltby
Senior Officer – Donor Stewardship
John Lopez
John Lopez
HR Senior Officer
Katie Stone
Data Officer
Kitty Brayne
Head of Evidence and Learning
Laura Shakespeare
Development and Grants Manager
Lisa Mouland
Outreach Programmes Manager
Maja Carlton-Paterson
Global Development Lead
Marijn van de Geer
Communications Coordinator
Martin Muir, PhD
Head of Digital, Communications & Marketing
Matthew Judge
Digital Media Coordinator
Max Glazer-Munck
Max Glazer-Munck
Finance Director
Minty Buckingham
Development and Grants Manager
Natasha Houseman
Managing Director
Nick Piludu
Technical Advisor – Mangroves and Blue Carbon
Nicola Bassett
Field Programmes Support Manager
Nicole Maddock
Grants and Development Manager
Olivia Wordsworth
Development and Grants Manager
Pascale Hunt
Head of Development
Rachel Steed
International Payroll Manager
Richard Nimmo
Richard Nimmo
Head of Health, Safety & Safeguarding
Rupert Quinlan
Outreach Director
ruth-sharman
Ruth Sharman
Field Programmes Project Manager
Ryan Lewis
Technical Advisor – Ecotourism Business Development and Marketing
Sarah Harris
Senior Manager – Ecotourism Operations
Steve Mundey
Steve Mundey
Digital Manager
Steve Rocliffe
Senior technical advisor, evidence-led advocacy
Tom Collinson
Senior Advocacy Officer
Dr Vik Mohan
Director of Community Health
Will Stephens
Director of Field Programmes

MADAGASCAR

Since 2003 our Madagascar team has grown to over 145 staff, committed to implementing programmes, nurturing our longest standing conservation partnerships, and supporting conservation learning networks nationwide. 

Antananarivo

Peter Wilson
Peter Wilson
Madagascar Country Director
Haja Ramerison
Operations Director
Hajaniaina Ratsimbazafy
Conservation Director
Lalao Aigrette
National Technical Advisor for Mangroves
Hery Razafimamonjiraibe
National Technical Advisor for Aquaculture
Njaka Raveloson
National Technical Advisor for Health
Stephane Petitprez
Head of Field Programmes
Peter Bouckaert
Advocacy and Fundraising
Fanja Razafindrazato
Human Resources Manager
Jaona ‘John’ Ravelonjatovo
Blue Carbon Science Manager
Stanislas Rakotonjanahary
Finance Grants Manager – Antananarivo
Ismaël Ratefinjanahary
Blue Carbon Scientist
Patrick Rafidimanantsoa
Patrick Rafidimanantsoa
National Technical Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation
Tahiry Randrianjafimanana
National Management Advisor for Fisheries and MPAs
Rindra Rasoloniriana
National Technical Advisor for Fisheries
Felantsoa Ainamahafaly
National Technical Advisor for Education
Joella Robby
Health, Safety and Safeguarding Officer
Hobisandratra RAZAFIARIMANANA
National Coordinator of Applied Social Science Research
Mannuelah Rakotovao
Logistic Assistant
Joëlle
Joëlle Ramanantena
Policy and Partnership Senior Officer
Naly
Naly Rakotoarivony
Head of Policy and Partnership
anne-guillaume
Anne Guillaume
Madagascar Communications Manager
Tantely Rasoloniaina
Finance and Accounting Manager
Anja
Anja Angelo Rakotomalala
Logistics and Maintenance Assistant
Feno Mirarifandresena
National Logistic Officer
Toky Randriamiadana
Learning and Development Coordinator
Liantsoa Rabefaritra
Human Resources Assistant
Ravaka Andriamahenina
Technical Assistant for Health
Hasina Rakotoarisoa
Responsable Communication
Seheno Randrianarisoa
Finances and Administration Assistant
Leon Rakotoniaina
Driver
Ando Ramiliarimanana
Office Cleaner and Cook
Narindra Raheliarisoa
Accounting Assistant
Malala RAMAROSON
Human Resources Intern

Ambanja

Bienvenue Zafindrasilivonona
Northwest Regional Manager
Nantenaina Nirisoa
Site Leader
Leah Glass
Technical Advisor – Blue Carbon
Raymond Raherindray
Aquaculture Coordinator
Aina Soaelina
Fisheries Technician
Zo Andriamahenina
Northwest Regional Advisor for Governance
Hanjara Rabemanantsoa
Blue Forests Coordinator
José Andrianantenaina
Regional Monitoring and Learning Coordinator – Northwest
Said “Mouhtar” Ben Said Anoir Said Abdallah
Association Support Coordinator
Well-Cylas Arahimanana
Fisheries Technician
Emmanuel Barijaona
Forestry Technician
Angelina ‘Lina’ Rasoazananoro
Community Health Coordinator
Odile Rasoazanaka
Finances and administration manager
Léonce RAKOTOARISOA
HR Regional Manager
Romy RAVALITERA
Association Support Technician
Alban Aoemba
Mangrove and Environmental Education Technician
Giamalidiny ‘Giamali’ Jaofary
Technical Assistant of Reforestation and Education
Michelardin Tarimanana
Aquaculture Community Liaison Officer
Amedaly Ajojolava
Beekeeping and Community Liaison Officer Technician
Rose Claudette ‘Rosette’ Ramamy
Operations and Administrative Assistant
Aly Fatoumah
Community Support Officer – Fisheries
Fanantenana ‘Fafah’ Ramasindraibe
Fisheries Coordinator
Ferdinand ‘Dadah’ Botsy
Driver
Josué Harinaivomapiandry
Logistics Assistant
Brinah Refeno
Operations and Administrative Assistant
Louis Rabehaja
Logistic Assistant
Dany Veston
Driver
Marcellin Andriamalaza
Boat Captain
Jean Dieu-Donné David
Guardian
Zoentana
Guardian

Belo sur Mer

Leopold Clement Andrianjohary
Site Leader
François Andrianomenjanahary
Aquaculture Supervisor
Solo Zafinirina
Seaweed Aquaculture Technician
Jean Fernando
Fisheries Technician
Toto Breton Vernesy
Aquaculture Technician
Ruskyia Colombe Bonijudhor
Aquaculture Technician
Galiasy Tiandrainy Louis Eloi
Aquaculture Technician
Tsiry Tovomanana
Community Health Program Coordinator
Diane Prisca MAMPIHAMY
Community Liaison Officer
Pascaline Raharimalala
Aquaculture Technician
Berdio Claudio Marovavy
Community Liaison Officer
Victor Jean
Community Liaison Officer
Tsinjo Niavonoindraina Rakotobary
Association Support Coordinator
Chan Gerard
Security Agent
Sandy Papalay MIRAJY
Skipper

Besakoa (Mahajamba Bay)

Dolce Randrianandrasaziky
Site Leader
Albert Andrianalison
Operations and Administrative Manager
Henri Roméo Andriamifidy
Association Support Coordinator
Erica Judith Vanelle Damo
Health and Education Programme Coordinator
Clovice Boto
Technician/Community Liaison Officer Blue Forests
Emilien Razafindrakoto
Fisheries Technician
Marie Luciana RASOAMAHEFA
Education and Health Technician
Iasimanana
Boat Captain
Florent Marolahy
Boat captain
Adrien Raveloniaina
Guardian
Tahiana Raherimanana
Guardian
Mamy Lalaina RAKOTOFIRINGA
Guardian

Maintirano

Jivan
Jivan Vizay Kumar
Site Leader
Aimé Safidy Safidinjanahary
Community Health Programme Coordinator
Toalidy ‘Didy’
Madagascar PHE Network Support Officer
Lalatiana Ramparanirina Tsy Very Hanta
Community Health Technician
Felix ‘Pouli’ Abdou Bin Julien
Association Support Coordinator
Achirafy Tolodraza
Community Liaison Officer
Vitason Veloniaina
Community Liaison Officer
Lucien Fiegnena
Community Liaison Officer
Christian Duchene
Project Coordinator
Ursila Rasidilazamanana
Project Coordinator
Heritahina Ramanandraibe
Project Coordinator
Jean Berthieu ‘JB’ Nomenjanahary
Fisheries Technician
Hyrlat Bijou Regasy
Administrative and Operations Assistant
Mameloson Christian Etono
Research Assistant in Social Science
Edmond Django Randrianarivelo
Boat guardian
Calvin Ndrianirina
Boat Captain
Bernardine Naveloa
Office assistant
Marcel Rakotoarivelo
Boat Captain
Edouard Razafimahatratra
Guardian
Francis Randrianarivelo
Guardian

Morondava

Elena Roddom
Mid-West Site Leader
Rotsy BORY
HR Regional Manager
Jeanne Heriniainasoa
Operations & Administration Manager
François Rakotoarisoa
Regional MEL coordinator
Tsiorisoa Fidy RATONIHERISON
Regional Project Coordinator

Toliara

Sandra Pons Raharisoa
Toliara Finance Senior Officer
Jean Luc Ramahavelo
Fisheries Programme Support Coordinator
Herizo Samuel Rafanomezantsoa
Fishery Data Officer
Murelance ‘Lalance’ Razanamasy
Logistics Officer
Didier Razily
Emergent LMMAs Community Liaison Officer
Cicelin Rakotomahazo
Mangroves Coordinator – Velondriake LMMAs Coaching Coordinator
Fenitra Rasoloharimanana
Community Health Programme Coordinator / Teariake Coaching Coordinator
Miary Miarimbola
Education Coordinator / Manjaboake coaching coordinator
Lovasoa Cédrique Augustave
Fisheries Coordinator / Velondriake coaching coordinator
Zola
Tsipy “Zola” Tantely
Technical Assitant – Emergent LMMAs Coaching Coordinator
Tolotra Mandia
HR Regional Manager
Noëlinaud Robert Djerryh
Livelihoods Coordinator / Velondriake coaching coordinator
Christelle Adelaïde Razananony
Emergent LMMAs Community Liaison Officer
Olivia Jinabo
Logistics Senior Officer
Faralahy Tsirongaty
Guardian
Hervé ‘John’ Randrianadrasana
Reception & Security Agent
Mahatratra Rakotovoavy
Driver
Alice Razafimahazo
Office Maid

Andavadoaka

Gilde Tahindraza
Regional Manager – Southwest Madagascar
Paul Antion
Acting SW Field Programmes Senior Manager
Jean 'Meg' Andriamampionona
Jean ‘Meg’ Andriamampionona
Acting Site Leader
Mahefa Leaby
Regional Coordinator for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for the South West
Jules Cesar Hasinavoajanahary
Teariake Community Liaison Officer
Solontena “Tako” Raivosoa
Outreach Media Officer
Angelot Mandroro
Velondriake Community Liaison Officer
Ange ‘Jacks’ Mahagaga
Community Liaison & Homestays Coordinator
Odilon Manantsoa
Velondriake Community Liaison Officer
Symphorien Soa
Outreach Media Technician
Edgard Embetant
Velondriake Community Liaison Officer
Jean Bien Aimé
Teariake Community Liaison Officer
Herindraibe ‘Hery’ Ratovosoa
Manjaboake Community Liaison Officer
Rochel Solonadimby
Manjaboake Community Liaison Officer
Simonnette Rasoanantenaina
Social Scientist Senior Officer
Jean Claude
CSE Data and Community Patrol Assistant
Gilbert ‘Angelo’ Donah
Aquaculture Technician Supervisor
Zizienne Ratsifidinantenaina
Velondriake Community Liaison Officer
Andry Mathieu
Aquaculture Technician
Feliny Bino
Southwest Aquaculture Technician
Godard Farala Diome
Aquaculture Technician
Alexandre Razafimandimby
Boat Captain
Aina Celéstin
Velondriake Community Liaison Officer
Balbine Perevizy
Community Liaison Officer – Manjaboake
Emilienne Razanadrasoa
Velondriake Community Liaison Officer
Zefrin Lolakely
Teariake Community Liaison Officer
Hyance Romain
Manjaboake Community Liaison Officer
Javier Jimenez
Science Coordinator
James Paul
Field Scientist
Patrick ‘Patty’ Ramiandrisoa
CSE Community Liaison Officer
Jean-Patrick ‘Patrick’
Boat Captain and Dive Assistant
Sacha Zozi’me
Security Agent
Fredo Jermia
Boat Captain
Silvere Diome
Velondriake Community Liaison Officer
Ela
Elanirina Nomenjanahary
Logistics Officer
Tahina
Tahina Anjaramaiadrisoa
Finance Senior Officer
Dieu Donné Seraphin
Logistics Officer
Elouise VELONIRINA
E-louise Velonirina
Teariake Community Liaison Officer
Joindre Anselme
Manjaboake Community Liaison Officer
jean-tsimba
Jean Tsimba
Guardian
Boniface
Boniface Tahindahy
Guardian
Dupont Jaques Ramarotea
Boat Captain
Noarson Sylvain Nomenjanahary
Security Agent
Patrick Mahefanirina
Security agent
Sacha ZOZIME
Dive Center Assistant and Data Enterer

Belize

We have maintained a permanent base in northern Belize since 2010, based out of the fishing village of Sarteneja.

Jennifer Chapman
Country Director
Fabian Kyne
Science Manager
Maritza Rodriguez
Fisheries and Livelihoods Manager
Darling Ortega
Programs Officer
Celso Sho
Fieldwork Coordinator
Breanna Conorquie
Operations Manager
Galento Galvez
Monitoring and Evaluation coordinator
Ronalee McKenzie
Fisheries Coordinator
Alexander Navarro
Science Officer & Open Water Scuba Instructor

Timor-Leste

We launched our country programme in Asia’s newest country in 2016.

Birgit Hermann
Country Director
Oldegar Massinga
Operations Manager
Asiem Sanyal
Conservation Science Senior Manager
Jenny House
Monitoring and Evaluation Lead
Stephanie Rowbottom
Stephanie Rowbottom
Fisheries and Livelihoods Senior Manager
Dedy Martins
Conservation Coordinator
Jennifer Leech
Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator
Janicia Silva de Jesus
Communications Coordinator
Nelson Maia Siqueira Amaral
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Jemima ‘Mima’ Gomes
Community Liaison Officer
Armindo Marques
Conservation Officer
Cristina Torres
Administration and Operations Coordinator

International

Fanny ‘Effy’ Vessaz
Regional Partner Support Coordinator
Agatha Ogada
Regional Partner Support Coordinator
Haji Machano
Regional Partner Support Coordinator
Khamis Juma
Regional Partner Support Coordinator
Urszula Stankiewicz
Regional Health-Environment Partnerships Coordinator
Jamen Mussa
Fisheries officer
Esther Ngure
Technical Advisor – Mangrove Markets
Mkomwa Juma
Monitoring and Evaluation Lead
Randall Mabwa
Regional Communications Officer
Edith Ngunjiri
Technical Advisor, Health-Environment Partnerships
Masumi Gudka
Knowledge Development Coordinator

Our global board

BV’s international board oversees all charity business, approving strategies and financial plans, and ensuring that all activities are in accordance with relevant laws. Drawn from fields as diverse as fisheries policy and open data, our trustees are united by a strong belief in putting people at the heart of conservation.

John Wareham
Oliver Gregson
Bobby Maclay
Gavin Starks
Frances Humber, PhD
Mialy Andriamahefazafy
Ian Barry
Caroline Lovelace
Stuart J. Green
Zoe Averill
Susan Crowther
Peter Everett
Mark Lomas

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Thailand

Thailand’s small-scale fisheries are the cornerstone of social, economic and nutritional health for the communities living along the majority of the country’s nearly 3,000 kilometre coastline.
In the southernmost Trang province we are supporting communities reliant on nearshore fisheries − in particular for crab, shrimp and squid − in partnership with the Save Andaman Network (SAN).

We’re providing training and tools to aid organisational development, community led fisheries monitoring and management, and building community-owned social enterprises that fund and sustain local conservation efforts.

Timor-Leste

Since 2016, our work in Timor-Leste has evolved into a dynamic movement supporting community led marine management and coastal livelihood diversification in Asia’s newest country. From our origins on Atauro Island, considered to harbour amongst the highest levels of marine biodiversity on earth, we’re now working with numerous communities on the island and the mainland to ensure that local communities have access to diverse sustainable livelihood options to relieve fishing pressure on critical coral reefs and seagrass ecosystems.

We’re engaging communities in monitoring the relatively unexplored marine biodiversity of Timor-Leste, and managing local marine resources through customary local laws known as Tara Bandu. Alongside our community conservation efforts, we have pioneered Timor-Leste’s first homestay association, which now provides a consistent income from visiting ecotourists and sparked interest in replication by a mainland community. Using homestays as a hub, communities are well placed to host learning exchanges, training events, and act as an outreach platform to engage and inspire communities in fisheries management and livelihood diversification. Exchanges have led to communities of best practice and strengthened associations, and the opportunity to establish a formal network throughout the country.

Our team in Timor-Leste’s capital Dili works closely with government, civil society organisations and NGO partners.

Tanzania

Like its neighbours within the Northern Mozambique Channel marine biodiversity hotspot, Tanzania harbours some of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the Indian Ocean.  These habitats are facing unprecedented challenges from overfishing and climate change.

Our Tanzanian team has worked with communities and local organisations to support locally-led marine conservation since 2016.  Our work has expanded from Zanzibar to mainland regions of Tanga, Lindi and Kilwa where our technicians work with local partners to help communities strengthen co-management systems, working through beach management units (BMUs), Shehia Fishing Committees (SFCs) marine parks and Collaborative Fisheries Management Areas (CFMAs).

Our partners Mwambao Coastal Community Network, marinecultures.org and Sea Sense have spearheaded a remarkable acceleration in the uptake of community-based fisheries management and conservation in recent years, notably through the use of short term fisheries closures to catalyse broader community conservation.

Somalia

With one of Africa’s longest coastlines, Somalia’s diverse marine environment supports enormously productive coastal and offshore fisheries.  Decades of conflict have undermined the country’s capacity for fisheries management, with many foreign industrial vessels fishing with impunity, and little regard for the critical importance of Somalia’s coastal fisheries for local livelihoods and food security. 

A period of relative political and social stability unprecedented in recent decades is now presenting new opportunities to address past challenges, and to realise the considerable opportunities that well-managed coastal fisheries and conservation can offer Somalia. We are forging partnerships with community organisations in Somalia to build their capacity and skills to help coastal communities manage their fisheries for food security, livelihoods and conservation.

Philippines

The Philippines forms part of the ‘coral triangle’ epicentre of global marine biodiversity, with unparalleled diversity of marine species. Over half of the country’s 107 million people (55.6%) live in rural areas, and approximately three quarters depend on agriculture or fisheries as their primary source of livelihoods.

With our local partner People and the Sea, we are working in the eastern Visayas to support coastal communities to establish locally led marine conservation and fisheries management efforts underpinned by participatory data systems that put evidence in the hands of communities.

Papua New Guinea

The largest country in the Western Pacific Region, Papua New Guinea‘s coral reefs and mangroves are among the most diverse and extensive in the world. Papua New Guinea has a long history of traditional approaches for fisheries management, and huge unmet marine conservation needs.

We have been supporting our local partner Eco Custodian Advocates since 2019 in Milne Bay, notable for its vast mangrove forests and coral reefs. We are now expanding this support to other local organisations in Papua New Guinea, focused on supporting the establishment of customary LMMAs that provide locally relevant approaches to community led fishery management built upon local cultural traditions.

Indonesia

Indonesia comprises almost 17,500 islands stretching across three time zones. This archipelagic nation has the longest coastline − and the largest coastal fisheries resource − of any country on Earth. Ninety five percent of Indonesia’s seafood production comes from small-scale fisheries, which are underpinned by the most biodiverse marine ecosystem on Earth, known as the Coral Triangle.

In Indonesia, Blue Ventures’ partner Yayasan Pesisir Lestari, based in Bali, works with locally-based organisations Forkani, Yayasan LINI, Yapeka, Yayasan Planet Indonesia, Foneb, Komanangi, JARI, Yayasan Tananua Flores, Baileo, AKAR, Japesda, Yayasan Mitra Insani and Yayasan Hutan Biru.

These partners support community-based approaches to coral reef and mangrove conservation at 22 sites across seven provinces. Interventions are customised to each context − the local fisheries, community stakeholders, seafood supply chains, legal frameworks and customary traditions governing fisheries management and conservation.

Since 2019 we have brought these partners together within a peer learning network of Indonesian organisations specialised in supporting community-based marine conservation. The network is based around the shared values of the organisations, including a commitment to promote the rights of traditional fishing communities in conservation. Seventeen of the sites represented in this group are enacting local marine management through customary management regimes and traditions. This group, largely comprising sites in Eastern Indonesia, provides an important opportunity to share learning in traditional marine and fisheries management practices.

In West Kalimantan and East Sumatra we’re supporting mangrove-dependent coastal communities to integrate mangrove fishery and forestry management, alongside activities to develop alternative livelihoods or upgrade existing livelihoods. In North Sulawesi we’re supporting the development of community-owned ecotourism businesses, such as homestays, that diversify local livelihoods and place further value on protected and healthy marine ecosystems. Across our work in Indonesia, where partner communities have an unmet need for healthcare, we’re supporting the integration of health improvement activities into our interventions.

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India

We continue to work in India with our long term partner the Dakshin Foundation. We are collaborating in three distinct locations; the archipelago of Lakshadweep, coastal regions of Odisha and the Andaman Islands.

Overfishing has led to a reduction in fish catches, challenging the future of many traditional fishing communities.

Our partnership is working to build the capacity of communities to manage coastal fisheries,  and improve the health of fishing communities, for the long-term wellbeing of both the communities and their fishing grounds.

Kenya

Kenya’s coast supports an extraordinary diversity of tropical marine and coastal habitats.  These  waters are threatened by a proliferation of destructive fishing practices and over-harvesting within the artisanal and commercial fishing sectors.

Our approach in Kenya focuses on strengthening Beach Management Units (BMUs) to improve fisheries management.  Since 2016 our Mombasa-based technical team has provided support, mentoring and assistance to local partners including Pate Marine Community Conservancy (PMCC), Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) and Coastal and Marine Resource Development (COMRED).

These partnerships have seen notable achievements in community led fisheries management and conservation, including training and mentoring BMU leaders in eighteen communities in Kwale and Lamu Counties.

Comoros

The Comoros islands are located in the northern Mozambique Channel, a region home to the world’s second highest marine biodiversity after the Coral Triangle. This globally important biodiversity underpins coastal livelihoods and food security, but is at risk from climate change and overexploitation of inshore fisheries.

We have maintained a permanent presence supporting locally led marine conservation and fisheries management in Comoros since 2015, providing support to local partners, governmental institutions and communities.

On Anjouan, the second largest and most densely populated island in the Comoros archipelago, we work closely with national NGO Dahari. Our partnership has developed a replicable blueprint for community-based marine management, which has seen the creation of the country’s first locally managed marine areas − including temporary and permanent marine closures − designed to safeguard the coral reef ecosystems underpinning the archipelago’s coastal economy.

This approach, which is expanding rapidly across the Comoros, is also demonstrating the importance of inclusive conservation in empowering women − through local women’s fisheries associations − to play a leading role in fisheries monitoring and decision making.

On neighbouring island of Moheli and the french island of Mayotte, we’re supporting the Moheli National Park and the Mayotte Marine Natural Park with efforts to strengthen community engagement in fisheries management and conservation.

Belize

Belize’s marine environment encompasses some of the most important marine ecosystems in the Caribbean Sea, including vast coral reefs, mangrove forests and seagrass ecosystems. We have maintained a permanent presence in Belize since 2010, supporting diverse fisheries and conservation efforts from our base in Sarteneja, Belize’s largest fishing community.  

We work in close partnership with the Belize Fisheries Department, MPA managers, fishing cooperatives and fishers’ associations, and are actively involved in promoting the establishment of a national scale domestic fishery for invasive lionfish.  We’ve worked with coastal stakeholders to develop a national strategy for lionfish management, including launching the National Lionfish Working Group.  

We’ve led a ten year MPA monitoring and evaluation programme in Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, and provide training in coral reef monitoring methods to six MPA authorities in Belize, including helping establish management targets for Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve, Belize’s largest MPA. 

Our team supports community-based fisheries and conservation groups across the country to ensure local interests are mainstreamed in the design and implementation of marine conservation and fisheries management, improving the effectiveness of co-management of conservation areas.

Mozambique

Our Mozambican team has worked with communities to develop locally led approaches to fisheries management and marine conservation since 2015.

Our approach is focused on supporting and strengthening local organisations and Community Fisheries Councils (CCPs) to better understand their local fisheries, make informed management decisions to rebuild fisheries, and assess the impact of management actions.  This work is developed in close collaboration with our partners Oikos- Cooperação e Desenvolvimento in Nampula province and African Parks in Inhambane province.

Ongoing security challenges have devastated many coastal communities and emerging marine conservation efforts in several areas of Cabo Delgado, where our work is regrettably now on hold.

As in Madagascar, given extremely high levels of coastal poverty and a pervasive lack of access to basic services, alongside our work in conservation we facilitate partnerships with specialist health providers, through an integrated health-environment approach.

Madagascar

Blue Ventures’ journey began in Madagascar in 2003, and we’ve been supporting communities in marine conservation across the country ever since. We have five regional field programmes along Madagascar’s west coast, as well as regional offices in the towns of Toliara and Ambanja.  Our national headquarters is located in the capital Antananarivo.

Across all these sites we support communities with the establishment of locally managed marine areas (LMMAs), and work with government partners to secure national recognition for community conservation initiatives.  First developed in Madagascar by Blue Ventures in 2006, the LMMA concept has since been replicated by communities at hundreds of sites over thousands of kilometres of coastline, now covering almost one fifth of Madagascar’s inshore seabed.  Our research in Madagascar has demonstrated globally important evidence of the benefits of LMMAs to fisheries and conservation.

Our work focuses on strengthening community institutions in marine management and governance, and pioneering new approaches to catalyse community engagement in ocean conservation.  These innovations have included establishing the world’s first community-based sea cucumber farms and the country’s first mangrove blue carbon project.

At a national level, we incubate the LMMA network MIHARI, which brings together 25 partner conservation organisations in supporting 219 LMMA sites across the country.  Our policy team is also actively involved in advocating for more robust legislation to safeguard the rights and interests of fishing communities, and to remove destructive industrial fishing from coastal waters.

Given the lack of basic services in remote coastal regions in Madagascar, we also help communities access basic healthcare through training and supporting women to serve as community health workers. We do not replace government health systems, but work to strengthen existing structures in close collaboration with government health actors and specialist NGOs.  We also incubate Madagascar’s national health-environment network, which brings together 40 partner organisations to address the health needs of communities living in areas of conservation importance across the country.