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

Local communities reap dividends from managing octopus fisheries

A landmark study from the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar highlights the compelling economic benefits of local fisheries management and their role in catalysing community engagement in broader marine management efforts. Marine management pays. This is the striking conclusion of a new study evaluating an initiative by coastal communities in Madagascar to manage octopus fisheries. Marine ...

The Times: Funds are needed for marine protected areas

Blue Ventures' founder and executive director Dr Alasdair Harris joined a global call from 19 leading marine NGOs published in The Times (behind paywall) to mark World Ocean's Day 2015.  

The Ecologist: Sustainable abundance – rebuilding fisheries to support coastal communities in Madagascar

Blue Ventures' community conservation model is featured in The Ecologist. "Marine conservation is usually expressed in austere and negative terms, writes Alasdair Harris, with strict quotas and exclusion zones. But the truth is the exact opposite: it's about working with natural ecosystems to unlock their productive potential, creating sustainable wealth and abundance for fishing communities ...

Google Street View goes off-road in Madagascar

Today Google Maps launched the first-ever Street View imagery of Madagascar, allowing a global audience to explore the world’s fourth largest island for the first time. The advent of Google’s ‘Trekker’ has enabled some of the most spectacular sights of the natural world to be captured using a panoramic camera worn in a specially designed ...

The Guardian: Marine protection enables coastal communities to thrive

Our work supporting community fisheries management in Madagascar is profiled in The Guardian.

Virgin Unite: The ultimate solution that will save our oceans

Blue Ventures' approach to catalysing and sustaining community engagement in marine conservation is showcased in this podcast with our executive director Al Harris, produced by Ashoka for Virgin Unite.

Rebuilding fisheries on a global scale: Blue Ventures expands horizons

Pioneering efforts to rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities in the Indian Ocean have received a distinguished accolade for social entrepreneurship. The Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, which recognises organisations that are disrupting the status quo and driving large-scale social change, will be presented to Blue Ventures at a ceremony in Oxford on Thursday 16 ...

Telegraph Magazine: ‘The rule book has to be ripped up. It’s about what people need.’

Blue Ventures is featured in the article 'Sea cucumbers saving lives: the radical charity giving Malagasy fishing communities hope' in the Telegraph Magazine. Dr Alasdair Harris and his colleagues at Blue Ventures, the charity he co-founded in 2003, are at the forefront of a new strand of marine conservation that concentrates on people as much as endangered fish or ...

Madagascar’s bold blue vision puts communities at centre of marine protection

Madagascar’s President Rajaonarimampianina has committed to triple the country’s marine protected areas and establish a legal framework to protect community management of fishing grounds, heralding the announcement of the country's largest locally managed marine protected area in the Barren Isles archipelago. Madagascar featured centre stage at the once-in-a-decade IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney as ...
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