17
Apr

A pioneering learning exchange for sea cucumber aquaculture

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 ...
22
Mar

Blog: Farming the sea: sharing learning in Zanzibar

Our aquaculture team shared their experiences with community-based sea cucumber farming at a learning exchange in Zanzibar. Read the full post: Farming the sea: sharing learning in Zanzibar
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 ...
2
Jul

DW: Aquaculture saving the economy in Madagascar

DW has released a short film showcasing our work establishing alternative livelihoods with the Tampolove community in southwest Madagascar. "Around ten years ago, the waters around Madagascar's Bay of Assassins were a sorry sight. Overfishing and pollution had taken such a toll on marine life that local fishing communities were struggling to make a living. ...
7
Jun

Thalassa: Chasseur de poulpe à Madagascar

Thalassa est une émission de télévision française, présentée par Fanny Agostini, qui couvre des découvertes, des enquêtes et des reportages sur le monde maritime. Dans un reportage exclusif en ligne intitulé "Chasseur de poulpe à Madagascar," Thalassa a relaté les travaux de Blue Ventures dans le LMMA Velondriake au sud-ouest de Madagascar. Regardez le rapport ...
29
May

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Living with the ocean

The Thomson Reuters Foundation have produced a film following their visit to southwest Madagascar in 2018. 90% of global fish stocks are either overfished or fully fished, and the film begins by interviewing Vezo fishers whose livelihoods depend on their marine ecosystems. "These days fishing is not enough to live off. Things are changing and ...
31
Jan

Sea cucumber stocking in Tampolove

Tampolove is a coastal village in the Bay of Assassins, southwest Madagascar, and part of the Velondriake Locally Managed Marine Area. The livelihoods and food security of the Tampolove community rely on their marine resources, which are facing unprecedented pressures from overfishing and climate change. In 2009 Blue Ventures supported the Tampolove community to establish ...
16
Nov

Blog: An aquaculture adventure: visiting Tampolove’s sea cucumber farms

A group of Blue Ventures volunteers recently visited the village of Tampolove in southwest Madagascar to learn about the sustainable aquaculture initiatives there. Read the full post: An aquaculture adventure: visiting Tampolove’s sea cucumber farms
6
Nov

Global Aquaculture Alliance: Sea cucumber project redefining traditional farming in Madagascar

During her time as a Blue Ventures volunteer, Amanda Millin visited the village of Tampolove in southwest Madagascar. Whilst there, she gained first-hand experience of the community aquaculture programme, and helped in the building of sea cucumber pens. Since returning from her expedition, Amanda has written a piece for Global Aquaculture Alliance about how this ...
25
Jul

DW: Madagascar: No more fish? We’ll farm seaweed instead

DW recently published a piece about the impacts of declining fish stocks and climate change on coastal communities in Madagascar, and the alternative livelihoods that these communities are turning to as fishing becomes unsustainable. In Tampolove, a small village in the south of Madagascar, where people's diet consists mainly of fish and rice, fishers have started farming ...
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