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Rebuilding Fisheries


The Changer: Building Sustainable Coastal Communities

The Changer interviewed our Executive Director Alasdair Harris about his motivation for starting Blue Ventures, and how Blue Ventures can succeed where other marine conservation organisations have struggled: "We began working with coastal communities in south-western Madagascar to develop an approach that would return meaningful economic benefits in timeframes that worked for fishers, that would protect marine biodiversity, ...

Blog: Celebrating the mission that unites us

Eighty-four members of our team from all of Blue Ventures’ offices and field programmes in Madagascar attended, along with representatives from our London office and our newest colleague from our evolving partnership project in Comoros met in Andavadoaka, Madagascar for our sixth annual conference. Alongside three days of discussions and workshops to define the collective ...

Aljazeera: The endangered lifeline of Madagascar’s sharks

Blue Ventures' work is featured in the article "The endangered lifeline of Madagascar's sharks" on Aljazeera. Over-fishing threatens not only the survival of shark species, but also impoverished fishing communities in Madagascar, Hannah McNeish reports for Aljazeera. Read the full article

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 ...

ONE: Looking after the oceans – and the people of Madagascar

Our work in Madagascar is featured on - an international campaigning and advocacy organization taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Read the full story of Henriette: Looking after the oceans – and the people of Madagascar.

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 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 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 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

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
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