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Aquaculture

30
Jul

The Fish Site: Five potential game-changers for EU aquaculture

In an article from The Fish Site exploring potential new avenues for the European Union’s (EU) aquaculture sector, Blue Ventures’ ten year experience farming sea cucumbers in Madagascar is referenced. While sea cucumber farming has not yet been developed in European waters, native sea cucumber species are listed amongst groupers, amberjack, mullets and seaweed, as ...
16
Jul

Mongabay: Risking death and arrest, Madagascar fishers chase dwindling sea cucumbers

In Mongabay’s recent article, Chris Scarffe, explores the increasing global demand for sea cucumbers, which in turn, is making small-scale fishers in Madagascar resort to risking death and arrest to fish for wild sea cucumbers in the West Indian Ocean. In one of the world’s poorest countries, diving deeper and further into the ocean using ...
20
May

Reef Resilience Network: Farmers of the Sea

In a study recently published by the Reef Resilience Network, Hery Razafimamonjiraibe, Blue Ventures’ National Aquaculture Programme Lead in Madagascar, outlines our sea cucumber farming initiatives in Tampolove and Ambolimoke in southwest Madagascar, and discusses the successes and key lessons learned. In partnership with Indian Ocean Trepang (IOT) and The Royal Norwegian Society for Development ...
23
Apr

Mongabay: COVID underscores the urgency of holistic community-based approaches to conservation

This article was first published as a commentary on Mongabay on April 22nd 2020 Impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on vulnerable communities in the Global South go far beyond the looming public health emergency.  The broader economic and environmental ramifications are of profound importance to biodiversity conservation. How the conservation movement responds will determine our relevance ...
4
Mar

FAO: How sea cucumbers are boosting the bioeconomy in Zanzibar

Blue Ventures has been working in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) with coastal communities in Zanzibar to diversify their fishing and farming activities by providing training and technical support in sea cucumber aquaculture. A new article published by the FAO describes the impact of the sharing learning exchange ...
6
Aug

BBC News: The Madagascar Farmers Trying to Save Sea Cucumbers

Tommy Trenchard, an award-winning British photojournalist, visited Tampolove, Madagascar, in 2018 to document the work of the local sea cucumber farmers. In much of the Far East, sea cucumbers are a delicacy, fetching a high price for their purported health benefits. In Tampolove, a tiny windswept village of huts and sandy paths squeezed between the ...
28
May

The Economist: How sea cucumbers can help the ocean

In low-income coastal states throughout the tropics, geographic isolation and limited livelihood opportunities can lead to an overwhelming dependence on fishing for survival. This dependence, in combination with the significant impacts of global heating and industrial fishing, has led to dwindling fish populations and increased vulnerability for the communities that rely on them. For the ...
18
Apr

Undercurrent news: non-profit encouraging sea cucumber farming in Tanzania

Undercurrent news reported on the recent learning exchange in Unguja, Zanzibar, where Blue Ventures' aquaculture team was invited to share their experiences of community-based sea cucumber farming. Read the full story from Undercurrent news: Non-profit encouraging sea cucumber farming in Tanzania  
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 ...
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