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 ...
19
Dec

2018 – Building relationships for lasting change

In 2018 we’ve witnessed more than ever the potential of partnerships, networks and learning exchanges for building relationships and inspiring locally-led marine protection, so we’ve pulled together some highlights. 2018 – Building relationships for lasting change The accomplishments of this remarkable year were only possible thanks to the support of our friends, partners and thousands of individuals ...
4
Dec

Discover: 15 years

Blue Ventures celebrated its 15 year anniversary this year. Over this time, we have grown from a handful of scientists working with one coastal community in Madagascar, to a flourishing team working across nine countries and impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Read on for the 15 biggest moments in our journey ...
21
Nov

Accelerating change: a guide to Fisheries Learning Exchanges

On World Fisheries Day, a new best practice guide has been launched to help coastal communities reverse the accelerating loss of fish stocks in the tropics. A collaboration between the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Blue Ventures Conservation and the research initiative FLExCELL, a guide for local fishing communities in the tropics has ...
14
Nov

New research: The role of smartphones as a tool to address gaps in small-scale fisheries catch data

New research published in the journal Marine Policy demonstrates the promise of smartphones as a useful tool for small-scale fisheries data collection in low-income countries. Describing the results of a project conducted by Blue Ventures between 2013 and 2016 in southwest Madagascar, the study shows the potential for smartphones and the Open Data Kit (ODK) ...
12
Nov

The wait is over! Landmark moments for sea cucumber farming in southwest Madagascar

In January 2018 the Tampolove community began stocking their redesigned aquaculture pens with sea cucumber juveniles as part of an innovative livelihoods project within the Velondriake locally managed marine area (LMMA) in southwest Madagascar. Since then, the community has been stocking new juveniles every month, and on 11 November enough sea cucumbers had reached an ...
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