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May

MIHARI Network wins prestigious conservation prize

After four years championing the rights and needs of Madagascar’s small-scale fishers, Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy has won the prestigious Whitley Award for local conservation leaders in the Global South. Rakotondrazafy received this award on 1 May 2019, in recognition of her work coordinating the MIHARI Network, Madagascar’s network of locally managed marine areas (LMMAs). Coastal communities ...
24
Apr

New research: Embrace the participatory approach for successful community-based marine management

New research published in the journal Ocean and Coastal Management aims to help organisations engaged in community-based marine management and conservation initiatives to successfully employ participatory methods in developing their programmes. When it comes to the management of natural resources, it’s now widely recognised that the local communities who rely on them for food and ...
23
Apr

Seaweed Farming

Blue Ventures has released a new Explore Photo Story with text by Ben Honey, and photos by Ben Honey, Louise Jasper, Anne Guillaume and Adrian Levrel. Every day in the remote coastal village of Antanimanimbo, people fish for crab in the mangroves. However, their isolation means that they struggle to make a living from fishing alone. ...
17
Apr

Sea cucumber farming: leading a learning exchange in the Spice Islands

After ten years of developing a model for community-based sea cucumber aquaculture with coastal fishing communities, Blue Ventures shared its knowledge outside of Madagascar for the first time at a learning exchange in Unguja, Zanzibar. At the request of FAO Tanzania, four members of Blue Ventures’ aquaculture team travelled to Unguja in early February to ...
5
Apr

Blue Ventures 2017-2018 Annual Report & Accounts

Blue Ventures' 2017-2018 Annual Report reviews the last financial year (July 2017 – June 2018), including updates on each of our programmes, our partner support work, our 2020 mission, our financial statements and an independent auditor’s report. Download our 2017-2018 Annual Report "Over the last year the world has witnessed a welcome increase in global awareness ...
13
Mar

Roni

Blue Ventures has released a new Explore Photo Story with photos and text by Garth Cripps and in collaboration with LINI. Across Indonesia, Bajo fishermen like Roni will spend hours leaning precariously close to the water, one hand paddling, the other moving the lure, all the while watching for a hint of octopus. Discover the octopus ...
6
Mar

Taming the lion: an integrated approach to lionfish control

A new strategy, launched on 21 February 2019 in Belize City, describes how to design and implement an integrated approach to lionfish management. Drawing on almost a decade of research into the effects of the lionfish invasion and the efficacy of different methods of control, this strategy is designed to help governments, conservation groups and ...
20
Feb

Ambitious action plan launched for the octopus fishery of southwest Madagascar

Fishers, seafood buyers, conservationists, researchers and policy makers gathered in Toliara to launch a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) that sets out a long-term vision for improving the sustainability of one of Madagascar’s largest small-scale fisheries.  Octopus is the most economically important export fishery to coastal communities of southwest Madagascar, and forms the backbone of the ...
25
Jan

Blue Ventures research guides Madagascar crab fishery policy

In a positive move towards a more sustainable mud crab fishery in Madagascar, the Minister of Fisheries Augustin Andriamananoro announced a new decree for a national closure of the crab fishery in 2019. This closure is timed to protect the crabs at a vulnerable stage in their life cycle, helping to maintain healthy, stable population ...
5
Jan

Exploring Timor-Leste

Blue Ventures has released a new Explore Photo Story with photos and text from Timor-Leste volunteer Anne-Lise Blanchet. Anne-Lise tells the story of her marine conservation expedition experience, illustrated by stunning photos of the cetaceans, scenery, coral and culture that can be found on Atauro island. Discover a remote corner of the coral triangle in Exploring ...
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