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12
Mar

The Village of Andavadoaka Named Finalists in the United Nations Equator Prize

The remote fishing community of Andavadoaka, population 1,200, was acknowledged for its work in partnership with Blue Ventures and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to develop community-run marine protected areas in the southwest region of the country. Blue Ventures worked with Andavadoaka in 2004 to establish the world’s first community-run octopus no-take zone. The strategy, which ...
18
Dec

New Study Shows Marine Protected Areas Can Increase Productivity of Fishing Industry

The study looked at a community-run marine protected area (MPA) in southwest Madagascar that implemented seasonal fishing closures for octopus, the major economic resource for villagers in the region.  When the closed areas were reopened to fishing after seven months, the study found, the number of octopus caught by villagers increased 13 times while the ...
26
Nov

New James Bond Film Brings Blue Ventures Alum to the Big Screen

Eric Jaona, a Malagasy national and former translator with Blue Ventures, provided background voices to several scenes in the spy thriller.Early in the film, Bond is sent to Madagascar to track down terrorist spies. At one point, he chases the villain through a market where locals yell and cheer as they wager on a fight ...
15
Nov

Blue Ventures Wins “Highly Commended” Honours in the Enterprising Young Brits Awards – Chancellor Gordon Brown leads ceremonies recognizing young entrepreneurs

“This award is not only an honour for Blue Ventures, but more importantly it shows that environmental conservation can make for good business,” Harris said. “I hope this award will encourage more businesses to participate in the conservation of our natural resources and other socially-minded activities.”Harris in 2003 co-founded Blue Ventures, which brings paying volunteers ...
9
Nov

Blue Ventures Honoured by Responsible Tourism Awards for Work with Volunteers in Madagascar

“With the growing debate over tourism and its impact on the environment, the First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards are an important reminder that people can enjoy their holidays in ways that benefit both people and nature,” said Richard Nimmo, managing director of Blue Ventures. “Blue Ventures believes tourism can be a powerful conservation tool, providing ...
6
Nov

Blue Ventures Launches New Shark Monitoring Programme in Southwest Madagascar

The three-year project, funded in part by the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and the Project Aware Foundation, will monitor the number and species of sharks killed each year by fishermen in southwest Madagascar and develop conservation plans to prevent destructive overfishing practices.“Shark populations around Madagascar are in rapid decline,” said Stephanie Pédron, marine ...
3
Oct

Marine Expedition in Madagascar Discovers Severe Damage to Coral Reefs from Rising Sea Temperatures

But the survey team, led by the conservation groups Blue Ventures and the Wildlife Conservation Society and funded by Conservation International, also found some signs of hope. Scientists discovered several small reefs with corals that appeared to be resilient to rising sea temperatures and could ultimately be used to reseed damaged reefs. These resilient reefs ...
29
Sep

Blue Ventures Turns Three!

As a special birthday gift, Blue Ventures just learned it has won the Skal International Ecotourism Award. Skal, the world’s largest organisation of travel and tourism professionals, commended Blue Ventures for its mission to use sustainable eco-tourism to improve the environment.Among the highlights for Blue Ventures over the past three years: Creating the world’s first community-run ...
12
Sep

Blue Ventures Placed on Shortlist for Two Social Responsibility Awards

Blue Ventures is under consideration for the category of “Best Volunteering Organisation". Blue Ventures was also named a finalist by the Social Enterprise Coalition for the “New Social Enterprise Award". Those awards – which recognise the best in community and social business – are run by the Social Enterprise Coalition on behalf of the Social ...
28
Jul

Blue Ventures Releases New Study of Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Vezo People of Madagascar

The study looked at religious beliefs, historical use of marine resources, daily activities, economic dependence on fisheries, local knowledge of environmental changes as well as other cultural issues.The information is critical for developing effective conservation strategies that will benefit both local communities and threatened marine resources.“To make coral reef protection effective in an underdeveloped community ...
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