New research: Sharks are the least protected marine megafauna in Madagascar

A new study reviewing current legislation protecting megafauna in Madagascar highlights the current lack of legislation to protect endangered sharks in Madagascar. Marine turtles were also found to be susceptible to overexploitation, and although fully protected by national legislation, laws are often ignored and rarely enforced. The research, carried out by Blue Ventures Conservation and ...

NGOsource: Marine Conservation in Madagascar – Community-Based Solutions to a Global Problem

NGOsource has published a blog about the history, mission and growth of Blue Ventures: "Blue Ventures Conservation has become a global leader in integrated tropical marine conservation and community development" The blog also explains that Blue Ventures completed the equivalency determination (ED) process through NGOsource. Our Executive Director Al Harris is quoted: "ED enables us to receive ...

Fijian support strengthens community-led marine conservation in Madagascar

More than 100 locally managed marine area (LMMA) practitioners from communities around Madagascar’s coast gathered with NGO partners and government officials on Madagascar’s remote northeast coast this week for a national  forum. The meeting, a core activity of MIHARI, Madagascar’s LMMA network, provides an important opportunity for community leaders  to share experiences, successes and challenges ...

BBC Radio4: From Our Own Correspondent – The Mermaid of Madagascar

Hannah McNeish reports for From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4 on warm orangeade, a tot of rum and some chain-smoking - all part of daily life for the fishermen and women of Madagascar who've harnessed new conservation techniques to long-standing traditions. https://blueventures.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/FooC_Mermaid.mp3  

Crossing the Indo-Pacific for marine conservation

Tonga soa, bienvenue, bienvenida, welcome! Late August saw the arrival in Madagascar of some very special visitors. A group of Mexican fishermen traveled more than 17,500 kilometres to have a conversation with their local counterparts about octopus.  Their destination: a community-run marine conservation initiative on the Mozambique Channel, where local fishers have been managing their ...

DW: Fishing for success in Madagascar

Blue Ventures' community led approach to rebuilding fisheries is profiled in the article 'Fishing for success in Madagascar' in German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW.com). DW is known for its in-depth, reliable news and information and promotes exchange and understanding between the world’s cultures and people. Declaring sections of the ocean off-limits through marine protected ...

The Reporter: Lionfish jewelry: the latest tactic in population control

The Belize newspaper "The Reporter" recently published an article about the lionfish jewellery programme that we have facilitated in Belize. The article covers the training course where 14 Belizean women received instruction in jewellery making, accounting, marketing, branding and team building. Our Country Coordinator in Belize, Jennifer Chapman, is interviewed: "Dealing with the lionfish is ...

The Telegraph: Fishing aid need not be all at sea

Our recent PLOS one paper has been featured in this Telegraph article exploring issues of development aid funding and the success of long term, locally led, fisheries management. "A new paper published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One demonstrates... that when aid is applied on a small scale to meet local people’s real needs – and, above all, in ...

Forbes: Fisheries Management Generates Market-Beating Returns

Our Dr Garth Cripp's writes for Ashoka on Forbes.com on the findings of our recent PLOS ONE paper showing that marine management pays for local fishers in Southwest Madagascar. Read the story - Fisheries Management Generates Market-Beating Returns on Forbes.com.

Mongabay: Periodic closure of fishing grounds boosts octopuses and helps coastal communities

The findings of our PLOS ONE paper were highlighted with stunning photos in an article on Mongabay.   Read the story – Photos: periodic closure of fishing grounds boosts octopuses and helps coastal communities on mongabay.com
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