21
Sep

The Barren Isles archipelago receives recognition for its international importance for biodiversity

The Government of Madagascar has recently designated the Barren Isles archipelago as a wetland area of international importance, in a process supported by WWF Madagascar. This designation, under the international wetlands convention, was celebrated by local government and project partners at the Melaky Economic Fair in Maintirano this month. The convention, otherwise known as the ...
20
Sep

Blog: Sea Change: Ataúro’s first female scuba diver lends her voice to marine conservation efforts

Jemima Gomes was the first female scuba diver on Ataúro Island, and she is now advocating for marine conservation in her community. Read the full post: Sea Change: Ataúro’s first female scuba diver lends her voice to marine conservation efforts
15
Sep

Blog: A unique opportunity to experience community-based fisheries management

Madagascar volunteer Jessie Skedd shares her insight after witnessing the opening of octopus fishing grounds following a period of temporary closure. Read the full post: A unique opportunity to experience community-based fisheries management
6
Sep

Thomson Reuters: Executive Perspective: Entering uncharted waters – ocean conservation key to the future

An opinion piece from Alasdair Harris, Blue Ventures' Executive Director, and John Tanzer, Oceans Practice Leader for WWF International, has been published in the Thomson Reuters blog, and discusses how the fate of the world's coasts will determined by the actions taken over the coming generation. Time is not on our side. We have years ...
1
Sep

Sharing the success of temporary octopus fishery closures

The community of Andavadoaka in southwest Madagascar celebrated over a decade of successful temporary octopus fishery closures on 22 August, by harvesting over half a tonne of octopus in just one day at the latest closure reopening. Early in the morning, fishermen and fisherwomen set off in their laka, traditional fishing boats, towards the island ...
24
Aug

Madagascar’s fishing communities unite to take charge of their future

An unprecedented gathering of small-scale fishermen and women from around Madagascar brought together over 170 community representatives in late July in the coastal city of Fort Dauphin.  The five-day meeting was the fourth annual forum of Madagascar’s locally managed marine area (LMMA) network MIHARI, the result of months of preparation by the MIHARI secretariat and ...
6
Jul

Phys.org: Deep water corals glow in the dark to survive

Scientists from the University of Southampton have found that corals survive in deep water by making a special type of fluorescent protein that captures blue light and reemits it as orange-red light, which has the potential to penetrate deeper into the coral's tissue and promotes the photosynthetic capacity of the zooxanthellae. These scientists displayed their ...
24
Jun

#ImpactJournalism Day

June 24th 2017 was #ImpactJournalism Day, and Blue Ventures received coverage from several international news sources including i News in the UK, Straits Times in Singapore and Tages Anzeiger in Switzerland. Impact Journalism Day is an international editorial operation that partners with the world’s most important daily newspapers to publish, on the same day in print and digital ...
15
Jun

Blog: Bees and trees: alternative livelihoods in Ankingabe

Blue Ventures’ Digital Media Assistant Ben Honey recently visited Ankingabe village to find out about the community-led beekeeping and fuelwood plantations. Read the full post: Bees and trees: alternative livelihoods in Ankingabe
5
Jun

Save Our Seas: Hearts, minds – and stomachs

In the 7th issue of the Save Our Seas Magazine, Alasdair Harris speaks about the importance of living "with and within communities" when it comes to devising models for marine conservation. "Sadly, the prevailing paradigm in conservation today is that our industry is still largely dominated by science and it often pays no more than ...
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