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A new coalition to reduce bottom trawling and rebuild coastal fisheries

Yesterday saw the launch of a new coalition demanding an end to bottom trawling in coastal waters. The Transform Bottom Trawling (TBT) coalition is working for a world where destructive bottom trawling is removed from coastal waters. These waters are home to the most marine biodiversity, support the most small-scale fisheries, and contain vast carbon ...

New research: Fish for the future – benefiting future generations is key motivation for scaling of LMMAs in Madagascar

A paper recently published in the journal Conservation Science and Practice has identified major drivers behind the adoption of community-based conservation in Madagascar. The research shows that ‘benefits to future generations’ was the most important reason for communities to establish a locally managed marine area (LMMA). Other factors which are often used to encourage community ...

Living with 30×30

Putting communities first is key to an equitable and just 30x30. Support is growing for 30x30, an ambitious new goal to conserve 30% of the planet by 2030. Large nonprofits and governments all over the world have endorsed it. The G7 group of wealthy nations has backed it. When the parties to the Convention on ...

New Research: Sea cucumber farming helps seagrass meadows flourish

New research published this week in Aquaculture Environmental Interactions has found that sea cucumber aquaculture can positively impact seagrass meadows, increasing the growth rate of certain species. This work, led by researchers at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with Blue Ventures, presents the first evidence of community-based sea cucumber farming benefiting a marine ecosystem. ...

Toko telo rewind: What does best practice in community-led mangrove management look like? 

There was a resounding agreement amongst panelists in today’s Toko telo session on effective community-led mangrove management: it is essential to involve the community in the planning and implementing mangrove conservation right from the start. Blue Ventures’ inaugural mangrove Toko telo event gathered experts and practitioners worldwide to share their experiences with community-level organisations.  The ...

A victory for small-scale fishers and marine ecosystems: Destructive bottom trawling banned in Madagascar

The highly destructive fishing method will be banned in a new exclusion zone stretching from the water’s edge to two nautical miles offshore.  The Government of Madagascar has announced a complete ban on nearshore bottom trawling in the latest move towards securing sustainable fisheries for the island nation.  A new nearshore exclusion zone is intended ...

Hooked: Mangroves: frontline climate defenders

In this month's edition of Hooked, we’re talking all things mangroves to celebrate the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangroves. Mangroves are one of the most carbon-dense habitats on Earth, capable of storing five times as much carbon dioxide per hectare as typical tropical rainforest. Yet we’re cutting and destroying mangroves faster than ...

New board members bring fresh insights and expertise

Blue Ventures is thrilled to welcome new board members to join its Board of Trustees to further strengthen the organisation’s governance. The new cohort, chosen for their broad expertise and experience, take up their seats in July 2021. Blue Ventures' Board of Trustees supports and oversees the work of the organisation. Trustees’ role is to ...

Blue Ventures and Yayasan Pesisir Lestari: a new partnership to restore Indonesia’s seas

Blue Ventures is thrilled to be supporting the launch of a dynamic new Indonesian conservation organisation, Yayasan Pesisir Lestari, dedicated to supporting coastal communities to rebuild fisheries and restore ocean life across the archipelago nation. Indonesia is made up of more than 18,000 islands scattered between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It boasts the highest ...

Natasha Houseman takes up new leadership role in Blue Ventures

Natasha Houseman, formerly chief operating officer at leading sustainability non profit Forum for the Future, has been appointed Blue Ventures’ managing director in an expansion of the charity's leadership team. She joins the organisation in a key strategic role as we continue to grow our reach and impact, supporting coastal communities across the tropics. Natasha ...
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