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14
Sep

Blog: What global conservation lessons can be learnt from Madagascar?

In this week’s blog we pass the mic to a global expert on marine conservation, IUCN's Professor Dan Laffoley, who visited our programmes in Madagascar earlier this year Read the full post: What global conservation lessons can be learnt from Madagascar?
6
Sep

Accelerating progress by supporting new partners

Every journey, the cliché goes, begins with a small step. We took our first more than a decade ago, in a remote corner of southwest Madagascar, when we supported the village of Andavadoaka to temporarily close a small reef to octopus fishing to see if this might boost declining catches. This small step soon became ...
5
Sep

Save Our Seas: Octopus’s garden in Madagascar

Our Outreach Manager Steve Rocliffe has written an article for Save Our Seas Magazine Issue #5 concerning the temporary closure of the octopus fishery in the village of Andavadoaka, Madagascar: "When the closure was lifted, fishers caught far larger octopuses – and far more of them. So impressive were the results that, before long, nearby villages were establishing ...
31
Aug

New Research: Community-based monitoring highlights extent of traditional shark fishery

Over 65,000 sharks are caught by traditional fishermen in southern Madagascar each year. Including estimates of total national catch from the country’s small-scale fishing fleet this could reach over 450,000 animals per year. This is the striking finding of recent research published today in the journal Fisheries Research, highlighting the scale and composition of shark ...
23
Aug

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Five Ways to Advance Conservation Entrepreneurship

This article in Stanford Social Innovation Review, co-authored by our founder Alasdair Harris, argues that the entire conservation field has developed under the false premise that biodiversity science is of primary importance. The article argues that social change is equally, if not more, important when it comes to solving global conservation issues. "Meeting today’s growing conservation ...
17
Aug

Blog: Building a positive future for fishing in the Comoros

Last October we supported our partner Dahari as they launched a new mission: the establishment of sustainable fishing and community management of marine resources on the island of Anjouan. Read the full post: Building a positive future for fishing in the Comoros
10
Aug

Blog: Belioness: 15 women, seven communities, four languages, one vision

The Belioness lionfish jewelry group gather from across Belize to develop a shared vision for their social enterprise; United women, empowered communities, and a healthy, beautiful reef. Read the full post: Belioness: 15 women, seven communities, four languages, one vision
23
Jun

New Research: Bright spots shine light on the future of coral reefs

Researchers have discovered a handful of ‘bright spots’ among the world’s embattled coral reefs, offering the promise of a radical new approach to conservation. In one of the largest global studies of its kind, researchers conducted over 6,000 reef surveys in 46 countries across the globe, including studies carried out by Blue Ventures in Madagascar. ...
20
Jun

Blog: Freediving fishers on a mission to map Barren Isles seagrass beds

Participatory mapping reaps dividends in the largest locally led marine protected area in the Western Indian Ocean. Read the full post: Freediving fishers on a mission to map Barren Isles seagrass beds
8
Jun

New research: Fishing on the edge

Soaring global demand for seafood is driving a perilous sea migration in one of the world’s last nomadic seafaring cultures At a time when global concerns over the economic impacts of human migration from conflict in north Africa and the middle east dominate news headlines worldwide, other drivers of migration receive conspicuously less attention. Such ...
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