Our team

Our global team

We are a diverse group of conservation and development professionals who put fishers first. More than 75% of our 300-strong team is based in and alongside coastal communities. Our decentralised structure keeps us close to the coastal communities we serve, strengthens local leadership, and ensures our work is effective and sustainable.


Breanna Conorquie
Belize Country Director
Celso Sho
Fieldwork Manager
Nelcy Santiago
Operations & Administrative Officer
Ryan Bood-Usher
Programme Coordinator
Sharon Young
Director Partnership Network

We have maintained a permanent base in northern Belize since 2010, based out of the fishing village of Sarteneja.


Abigail Leadbeater
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
Agatha Ogada
Regional Partner Support Coordinator
Aissata Daouda Dia
Advocacy Adviser West Africa
Alan Etonu
Development and Grants Manager
Dr Al Harris
Alasdair Harris
Executive Director
Annie Tourette
Director Of Advocacy
Awa Rane NDOYE
West Africa Mangroves Advisor
Beryl Juma
Fundraising and Grants Officer
Bonventure Amollo
Data Systems Manager
Brenda Akinyi
Development and Grants Manager
Chris Madden
Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager
Christine Saru
Talent Acquisition Manager
Cennet Saglam-Kidner
Finance Manager
Charlotte Evison
Financial Accountant
Clay Obota
Fisheries Officer
Dan Seymour
Senior Finance Business Partner (Madagascar)
Davide Grazi
Health and Safety and Safeguarding Manager
Dorine Omenah
Senior Finance Business Partner (Africa)
Edith Ngunjiri
Technical Advisor, Health-Environment Partnerships
Elizabeth Nevin
Programme Support Senior Officer
Elsa Pullman
European Campaign Advisor
Emerson Neves
Programme Support Senior Officer – East Africa & the Comoros
Esther Muchunu
Talent Acquisition Assistant
Esther Ngure
Technical Advisor – Mangrove Markets
Gita Samuelsson
Global Financial Controller
Gregory Ndungu
Finance Officer
Habiba Mussa
Fisheries Officer
Haji Machano
Regional Partner Support Coordinator
Jamen Mussa
Fisheries Officer
Jenny Maltby
Global Project Development Manager
Jessie McGregor
Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer
Joan Otengo
Partner Support Coordinator – Kenya
John Lopez
John Lopez
HR Manager
Julian Daly
International Payroll Manager
Kathleen Haase
Governance and Administrative Assistant
Katie Stone
Manager – Data for Decision Making
Kevin Moyes
Chief People Officer
Khamis Juma
Regional Partner Support Coordinator
Laura Shakespeare
Development and Grants Lead, Asia Region
Lewis Minister
Senior Finance Transformation Manager
Lisa Mouland
Outreach Programmes Manager
Louise Bragge
West Africa Consultant
Ludovica Cecchini
Human Resources Officer
Maja Carlton-Paterson
Development and Grants Lead, Africa
Mark Oliver
Talent Development Manager
Masumi Gudka
Knowledge Development Senior Coordinator
Matthew Judge
Digital Media Manager
Megan Francis
Senior Digital Design Officer
Mkomwa Juma
Monitoring and Evaluation Lead
Mzee Ndukai
Partner Support Coordinator
Nelly Otieno
Technical Advisor – Financial Inclusion
Nick Piludu
Director of Technical Knowledge
Nick Poole
Communications & Social Media Officer
Nicola Bassett
Programme Support Manager
Nicole Maddock
Development and Grants Manager
Olivia Wordsworth
Development and Grants Lead, Global
Peter Bouckaert
Advocacy and Fundraising
Phoebe Calcutt
Global Communications Manager
Randall Mabwa
Regional Communications Officer
Richard Savill
Chief Financial Officer
Roxanne Mungai
Regional Communications Lead – Africa
Ruth Sharman
Field Programmes Project Manager
Ryan Lewis
Technical Advisor – Ecotourism Business Development and Marketing
Shelly Lang
Senior Finance Business Partner (Asia)
Sian Brereton
HR & Recruitment Officer
Simon Njenga
Systems Accountant
Stelio Massuque
Partner Support Coordinator
Steve Box
Chief Technical Officer
Steve Mundey
Senior Manager – Digital & IT
Steve Rocliffe
Head of Frontline Fund
Tom Collinson
Senior Advocacy Officer
Tsipy “Zola” Tantely
Programme Support Manager
Dr Vik Mohan
Director of Community Health

Our global headquarters is in Bristol, and our team is overseen by our board of trustees.


Andre Sutanto
Senior Human Resources Officer
Arya Dhani
Fisheries and Data Technician
Dwi Febriyanti
Programme Officer
Elni Kohar
Programme Officer
Emilio de la Rosa
Fisheries and Data Senior Officer
Ferina Tuhumena
General Administration Officer
Hanifa Miranda
Executive Assistant to the Chief Technical Officer
Fisheries and Data Technician
Indah Rufiati
Fisheries Lead
Melna Saraswati
Head of Operations
Ni Wiastari
Health Environment (HE) Partnership Officer
Petronela Padja
Fisheries and Data Technician
Wahyu Septiani
Fisheries and Data Coordinator
Wahyu Wicaksono
Fisheries Livelihood and Value Chain Improvement Technician
Yoga Putra
Senior Communications Officer


Since 2003 our Madagascar team has grown to over 145 staff, committed to implementing programmes, nurturing our longest standing conservation partnerships, and supporting conservation learning networks nationwide. 


Aina Celéstin
Community Liaison Officer – Velondriake
Alexandre Razafimandimby
Boat Captain
Balbine Perevizy
Community Liaison Officer – Manjaboake
Boniface Tahindahy
Dieu Donné Seraphin
Logistics Officer
Domoina Rakotomanga
Health Senior Officer
E-louise Velonirina
Community Liaison Officer – Teariake
Elanirina Nomenjanahary
Operations and Finance Assistant
Edgard Embetant
Community Liaison Officer – Velondriake
Emilienne Razanadrasoa
Community Liaison Officer – Velondriake
Fredo Jermia
Boat Captain
Herindraibe ‘Hery’ Ratovosoa
Community Liaison Officer – Manjaboake
Hyacinthe Romain
Community Liaison Officer – Manjaboake
James Paul
Science Officer
Javier Jimenez
National Marine Science Coordinator, Madagascar
Jean-Patrick ‘Patrick’
Boat Captain and Dive Assistant
Jean Bien Aimé
Teariake Community Liaison Officer
Jean 'Meg' Andriamampionona
Jean ‘Meg’ Andriamampionona
Andavadoake Site Leader
Jean Tsimba
John Bunyan ISRAEL
Science Officer
Jules Cesar Hasinavoajanahary
Teariake Community Liaison Officer
Julien Germain
Mahefa Leaby
Regional Coordinator for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for the South West
Noarson Sylvain Nomenjanahary
Security Agent
Odilon Manantsoa
Community Liaison Officer – Velondriake
Patrick Mahefanirina
Patrick ‘Patty’ Ramiandrisoa
CSE Community Liaison Officer
Rochel Solonadimby
Manjaboake Community Liaison Officer
Dive Center Assistant and Data Enterer
Simonnette Rasoanantenaina
Social Scientist Senior Officer
Solontena “Tako” Raivosoa
Outreach Media Officer
Symphorien Soa
Outreach Media Technician
Tahina Anjaramaiadrisoa
Finance Senior Officer
Zefrin Lolakely
Community Liaison Officer – Teariake
Zizienne Ratsifidinantenaina
Operations and Finance Officer


Finance Director
Ando Ramiliarimanana
Office Cleaner and Cook
Fanja Ramiliarimanana
Finance Assistant
Fanja Razafindrazato
Human Resources Manager
Felantsoa Ainamahafaly
National Technical Advisor for Education
Feno Mirarifandresena
National Logistic Officer
Françoise LANDRINE
Gildas Andriamalala
Madagascar Country Director
Hasina Rakotoarisoa
Responsable Communication
Herizo Ravelomanana
Senior Advocacy Projects Manager
Jaona ‘John’ Ravelonjatovo
Blue Carbon Science Manager
Joella Robby
Health, Safety and Safeguarding Officer
Community health partnerships and M&E officer
Laëtitia Ny Hasina Ranaivoson
Finance Assistant
Lalao Aigrette
National Technical Advisor for Mangroves
Leon Rakotoniaina
Liantsoa Rabefaritra
Human Resources Assistant
Mannuelah Rakotovao
Logistics Officer
Naly Rakotoarivony
Head of Policy and Partnership
Narindra Raheliarisoa
Accounting Assistant
Patrick Rafidimanantsoa
Patrick Rafidimanantsoa
Director of Conservation
Finance and Accounting Officer
Seheno Randrianarisoa
Finance Grants Officer
Stanislas Rakotonjanahary
Finance Grants Manager
Tahiry Randrianjafimanana
National Technical Advisor for Fisheries management and Marine Protected areas
Tantely Rasoloniaina
Finances and accounting Manager
Tiana Ralambomanantsoa
Community Health Data Analyst
Toky Randriamiadana
Learning and Development Officer


Aina Soaelina
Fisheries Technician
Alban Aoemba
Environmental Education Technician
Aly Fatoumah
Community Support Officer – Fisheries
Amedaly Ajojolava
Livelihood Community Liaison Officer
Angelina ‘Lina’ Rasoazananoro
Community Health Coordinator
Bienvenue Zafindrasilivonona
Northwest Regional Manager
Fanantenana ‘Fafah’ Ramasindraibe
Fisheries Coordinator
Ferdinand ‘Dadah’ Botsy
Giamalidiny ‘Giamali’ Jaofary
Technical Assistant of Reforestation and Education
Hanjara Rabemanantsoa
Blue Forests Coordinator
Jean Dieu-Donné David
Josué Harinaivomapiandry
Logistics Assistant
Leah Glass
Technical Advisor – Blue Carbon
Marcellin Andriamalaza
Community Health Technician
Odile Rasoazanaka
Finances and administration manager
Raymond Raherindray
NorthWest Livelihood Coordinator
Rose Claudette ‘Rosette’ Ramamy
Housekeeper & logistic support
Said “Mouhtar” Ben Said Anoir Said Abdallah
Association Support Coordinator
Sheila Clarisse JOSOA
Logistics Manager
Well-Cylas Arahimanana
Fisheries Technician
Regional Coordinator MEAL – NW
Zo Andriamahenina
National Technical Advisor for Governance

Belo sur Mer

Berdio Claudio Marovavy
Community Liaison Officer
Victor Jean
Community Liaison Officer

Besakoa (Mahajamba Bay)

Adrien Raveloniaina
Albert Andrianalison
Operations and Administrative Manager
Dolce Randrianandrasaziky
Site Leader
Emilien Razafindrakoto
Fisheries Technician
Erica Judith Vanelle Damo
Community Health Coordinator
Fiadanantsoa Randrianatoandro
Logistics Officer
Florent Marolahy
Boat Captain
Henri Roméo Andriamifidy
Association Support Coordinator
Skipper & boat maintenance
Michel Cédric Ramieravola
Community Liaison Officer Mangrove
Michelardin Tarimanana
Livelihood Community Liaison Officer
Tahiana Raherimanana
Community Health Technician


Boat Captain
Bernardine Naveloa
Office assistant
Calvin Ndrianirina
Boat Captain
Chanceux Davidson Miandry
Administrative and Logistics Assistant
Christian Duchene
Fisheries Technician
Edmond Django Randrianarivelo
Boat guardian
Francis Randrianarivelo
Community Liaison Officer Multidisciplinary
François Andrianomenjanahary
Community Liaison Officer Multidisciplinary
Guillaume LEONSON
Site Manager
Hervé ‘John’ Randrianadrasana
Reception & Security Agent
Jean Tovonirina
Health Senior Officer
Jivan Vizay Kumar
Finance Manager
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer
Community Liaison Officer Multidisciplinary
Oussouf Zafimahandry
Community Liaison Officer
Marcel Rakotoarivelo
Boat Captain
AST Coordinator
Sandy Papalay MIRAJY
Boat Captain
Finance Officer


Nantenaina Nirisoa
Acting Midwest Regional Manager
Administration and finance Assistant
Diane Prisca MAMPIHAMY
Community Liaison Officer
François Rakotoarisoa
MEL Regional Coordinator
Graham Ragan
Senior Project Coordinator
Jean Randrianambinintsoa
Marine Science officer
Security agent
Jeanne Heriniainasoa
Operations and Administrative Manager
Leopold Clement Andrianjohary
Site Leader
Regional Technical Coordinator for fishing – MidWest region
Midwest HR Regional Officer
Toto Breton Vernesy
Boat Captain
Tsiferana Raharinaivo
Regional Community Health Coordinator
Ecosystem Based Adaptation Specialist


Alice Razafimahazo
Office Maid
Christelle Adelaïde Razananony
Community Liaison Officer – Emergent LMMAs
Cicelin Rakotomahazo
Multi-Regional Technical Support Manager – Mangroves
Fenitra Rasoloharimanana
National Technical Advisor for Health
Gilde Tahindraza
Regional Manager – South-West
Herizo Samuel Rafanomezantsoa
Fishery Data Officer
SW Field Programmes Manager
Murelance ‘Lalance’ Razanamasy
Logistics Officer
Technical Coordinator for fisheries – South West
Noëlinaud Robert Djerryh
Livelihood Coordinator – Velondriake coaching coordinator
Olivia Jinabo
Logistics Senior Officer
Paul Antion
Acting SW Field Programmes Senior Manager
Tolotra Mandia
Southwest HR Regional Officer
Tsirongate Faralahy


We launched our country programme in Asia’s newest country in 2016.

Armindo Marques
Conservation Officer
Ashlee Gross
Technical Advisor – Community Consultations
Bernardete Fonseca
Country Director
Cecilia Lay
Conservation Science Analysis Officer
Cristina Torres
Operations & Administration Coordinator
Dedy Martins
Conservation Coordinator
Fidel de Castro Guterres
Fisheries and Livelihoods Coordinator
Florinda da Rosa
Finance Manager
Janicia Silva de Jesus
Communications Coordinator
Jemima ‘Mima’ Gomes
Community Liaison Officer
Juliana Pereira Ximenes
Cleaner & Admin Assistant
Natercia Verdial
Fisheries and Livelihoods Senior Manager
Nelson Maia Siqueira Amaral
Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator – Outreach
Oldegar Massinga
Head of Operations

Advisors and technical consultants

Sam Gandhi
Geospatial Analyst
Trevor Jones, PhD
Geospatial & blue forests science advisor

Our global board

BV’s international governance board oversees all charity business, approving strategies and financial plans, and ensuring that all activities are in accordance with relevant laws and our charitable purpose. Drawn from fields as diverse as fisheries policy and open data, our trustees are united by a strong belief in putting people at the heart of conservation.

Caroline Lovelace
Fiona Holmes
Gavin Starks
Ian Barry
John Wareham
Meg Otieno
Oliver Gregson
Peter Everett
Philip James
Ruma Mandal
Rupen Patel
Zoe Averill
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Fishing and the collection of shellfish is central to the lives of most coastal dwellers in Senegal, and seafood is part of almost every meal in Senegal. Massive overfishing by both industrial and artisanal fleets, as well as an increasing export of fish meal for aquaculture, is threatening a way of life and food security in the country, as fish stocks dwindle.

The work of Blue Ventures in Senegal is focused mainly in the southern Casamance region of the country, home to hundreds of thousands of hectares of fish-rich mangroves. We have teamed with Kawawana, Senegal’s oldest LMMA, to help protect the 15,000 hectares of mangroves under its community management, and to help monitor and manage the rich fisheries and oyster collection in the mangroves. We are also working with other communities to put in place community-based fisheries management systems, focusing particularly on the oyster and shellfish collection that is a primary economic activity for many women in Casamance.


The West African country of Guinea-Bissau is home to the unique Bijagos archipelago, a network of some ninety mangrove-fringed offshore islands and extensive mudflats supporting large amounts of migratory bird species, as well as megafauna such as manatees, dolphins, and sea turtles. The Bijagos people continue to live a very traditional lifestyle, where the collection of marine invertebrates plays an important role in food security and cultural traditions. The country is also home to extensive mangrove-fringed river systems that support rich fisheries.

Blue Ventures is working with Tiniguena, one of the oldest conservation groups in Guinea-Bissau, in supporting the first community-led MPA in the country, UROK, in the Bijagos islands. Together with Tiniguena, we are also supporting the establishment of new community-led conservation initiatives in the Rio Grande de Buba, a vast mangrove ecosystem with a long history of community-led fisheries management. Our focus is on data-driven community-led management of fisheries, which are of enormous importance to coastal communities, in particular women.


Thailand’s small-scale fisheries are the cornerstone of social, economic and nutritional health for the communities living along the majority of the country’s nearly 3,000 kilometre coastline.

In the southernmost Trang province we are supporting communities reliant on nearshore fisheries − in particular for crab, shrimp and squid − in partnership with the Save Andaman Network (SAN). The region is renowned for its vibrant seagrass meadows and vast mangrove forests, which provide essential ecosystem services to coastal communities.  We’re providing training and tools to aid community- led fisheries monitoring and ecosystem management, and building community-owned social enterprises that fund and sustain local conservation efforts.


Since 2016, our work in Timor-Leste has evolved into a dynamic movement supporting community-led marine management and coastal livelihood diversification in Asia’s newest country. From our origins on Atauro Island, considered to harbour the most diverse coral reefs on earth, we’re now working with numerous communities on the island and the mainland to help improve management of critical coral reefs and seagrass ecosystems.

We’re helping communities reinvigorate traditional community governance practices − known as Tara Bandu − to support marine conservation, in particular through the use of temporary and permanent fishing closures, and community-led monitoring of marine ecosystems and fisheries.

We’re helping communities come together to exchange their experiences of conservation across their shared coastline, building a new movement of local support for systems change in the management and conservation of Timor-Leste’s coastal waters.

Alongside our community conservation efforts, we have also pioneered Timor-Leste’s first homestay association, which has provided income from visiting ecotourists on Atauro Island.

Our team in Timor-Leste’s capital Dili works closely with government, civil society organisations and NGO partners.


Like its neighbours within the Northern Mozambique Channel marine biodiversity hotspot, Tanzania harbours some of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the Indian Ocean. These habitats are facing unprecedented challenges from overfishing and climate change.

Our Tanzanian team has worked with communities and local organisations to support locally-led marine conservation since 2016. Our work has expanded from Zanzibar to mainland regions of Tanga, Lindi and Kilwa where our technicians work with local partners to help communities strengthen co-management systems, working through beach management units (BMUs), Shehia Fishing Committees (SFCs), marine parks and Collaborative Fisheries Management Areas (CFMAs).

Our partners Mwambao Coastal Community Network and Sea Sense have spearheaded a remarkable acceleration in the uptake of community-based fisheries management and conservation in recent years, notably through the use of short term fisheries closures to catalyse broader community conservation.

In Kilwa we are working with Songosongo BMU to manage octopus closures and marketing, with the district authorities and NYAMANJISOPJA CFMA to help BMUs strengthen financial management capacity, and with Kilwa BMU Network to revive and expand the network.

Following the conclusion of the SWIOFish project in 2021, we are working with partners on a follow-up initiative to support the establishment and functioning of a fisheries co-management forum. The forum will facilitate engagement between national and local government authorities and NGOs involved in fisheries co-management initiatives along the Tanzania mainland coast, with the aim of enhancing networking and strengthening management and governance.


With one of Africa’s longest coastlines, Somalia’s diverse marine environment supports enormously productive coastal and offshore fisheries.  Decades of conflict have undermined the country’s capacity for fisheries management, with many foreign industrial vessels fishing with impunity, and little regard for the critical importance of Somalia’s coastal fisheries for local livelihoods and food security.

A period of relative political and social stability unprecedented in recent decades is now presenting new opportunities to address past challenges, and to realise the considerable opportunities that well-managed coastal fisheries and conservation can offer Somalia. We are forging partnerships with community organisations in Somalia to build their capacity and skills to help coastal communities manage their fisheries for food security, livelihoods and conservation.


The Philippines forms part of the ‘coral triangle’ epicentre of global marine biodiversity, with unparalleled diversity of marine species.  Over half of the country’s 107 million people live in rural areas, and approximately three quarters depend on agriculture or fisheries as their primary source of livelihoods.

Through our partnership with People and the Sea, we are supporting communities in the eastern Visayas to set up and utilise participatory data systems to monitor and understand the status of their fisheries, in a way that is meaningful for them. Through provision of access to strong data systems and training in data collection this year, these communities will soon have access to real time fisheries data and visualisations that will enable them to make informed decisions around the management of their fisheries.


Indonesia comprises almost 17,500 islands stretching across three time zones. This archipelagic nation has the 2nd longest coastline in the world − and the largest coastal fisheries resource − of any country on Earth. More than ninety per cent of Indonesia’s seafood production comes from small-scale fisheries, which are underpinned by the planet’s most biodiverse marine ecosystem, known as the Coral Triangle.

We have supported community-led marine conservation in Indonesia since 2016. Our team works in close partnership with 17 Indonesian organisations supporting community-based approaches to coral reef and mangrove conservation across 74 communities in fourteen provinces. Our support across these communities is customised to each context − the local fisheries, community stakeholders, seafood supply chains, legal frameworks and customary traditions governing fisheries management and conservation.

Since 2019 we have brought these partners together within a peer learning network of Indonesian organisations specialised in supporting community-based marine conservation. The network is based on the shared values of the organisations, including a commitment to promote the rights of traditional fishing communities in conservation. Thirty-two of the villages represented in this group are enacting local marine management through customary management regimes and traditions. This group, largely comprising sites in Eastern Indonesia, provides an important opportunity to share learning in traditional marine and fisheries management practices.

In Sumatra and Kalimantan we are strengthening our work in community conservation of globally important mangrove forests. We are supporting and strengthening community-forest management and supporting local partners who are adapting our catalytic model for temporary fishery closures to mangrove-dependent fisheries like mud crab.

We are working closely with our local partners Forkani, Yayasan LINI, Yapeka, Yayasan Planet Indonesia, Foneb, Komanangi, JARI, Ecosystem Impact, Yayasan Tananua Flores, Yayasan Baileo Maluku, AKAR, Japesda, Yayasan Citra Mandiri Mentawai, Yayasan Mitra Insani and Yayasan Hutan Biru, Yayasan Pesisir Lestari and Lembaga Partisipasi Pembangunan Masyarakat (LPPM) Ambon


We continue to work in India with our long term partner the Dakshin Foundation. We are collaborating in three distinct locations; the archipelago of Lakshadweep, coastal regions of Odisha and the Andaman Islands. 

Overfishing has led to a reduction in fish catches, challenging the future of many traditional fishing communities.

Our partnership is working to build the capacity of communities to manage coastal fisheries,  and improve the health of fishing communities, for the long-term wellbeing of both the communities and their fishing grounds.


Kenya’s coast supports an extraordinary diversity of tropical marine and coastal habitats.  These  waters are threatened by a proliferation of destructive fishing practices and over-harvesting within the artisanal and commercial fishing sectors.

Our approach in Kenya focuses on strengthening Beach Management Units (BMUs) to improve fisheries management.  Since 2016 our Mombasa-based technical team has provided support, mentoring and assistance to local partners including Coastal and Marine Resource Development (COMRED), the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust (LAMCOT), and Bahari Hai.

These partnerships have seen notable achievements in community-led fisheries management and conservation, including training and mentoring BMU leaders in eighteen communities in Kwale and Lamu Counties.


The Comoros islands are located in the northern Mozambique Channel, a region home to the world’s second highest marine biodiversity after the Coral Triangle. This globally important biodiversity underpins coastal livelihoods and food security, but is at risk from climate change and overexploitation of inshore fisheries.

We have maintained a permanent presence supporting locally led marine conservation and fisheries management in Comoros since 2015, providing support to local partners, governmental institutions and communities.

On Anjouan, the second largest and most densely populated island in the Comoros archipelago, we work closely with national NGO Dahari. Our partnership has developed a replicable blueprint for community-based marine management, which has seen the creation of the country’s first locally managed marine areas − including temporary and permanent marine closures − designed to safeguard the coral reef ecosystems underpinning the archipelago’s coastal economy.

This approach, which is expanding rapidly across the Comoros, is also demonstrating the importance of inclusive conservation in empowering women − through local women’s fisheries associations − to play a leading role in fisheries monitoring and decision making.


Belize’s marine environment encompasses some of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the Caribbean Sea, including vast coral reefs, mangrove forests and seagrass beds. We have maintained a permanent presence in Belize since 2010, supporting diverse fisheries and conservation efforts.

We work in close partnership with the Belize Fisheries Department, MPA managers, fishing cooperatives and fishers’ associations, and championed the establishment of a national scale domestic fishery targeting the invasive lionfish.  We are actively promoting community led fisheries management, building on the success of our pioneering work with management of invasive lionfish.

We’ve led a decade-long MPA monitoring and evaluation programme in Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, and provide regular training in coral reef monitoring methods to MPA authorities across Belize, including helping establish management targets for Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve, Belize’s largest MPA.

Our team supports and strengthens  fishing associations that advocate for the rights of their communities to be involved in decision making around access and use of coastal fisheries and to be key members of MPA management groups. Across the country we are working to ensure that fishers interests are mainstreamed in the design and implementation of marine conservation and fisheries management, improving the effectiveness of co-management of coral reef, mangrove and seagrass areas.


Our Mozambican team has worked with communities to develop locally led approaches to fisheries management and marine conservation since 2015. This build on the success of the Our Sea Our Life project, when in 2015 and 2016 we ran a series of exchange visits to Madagascar to support temporary closure development in Cabo Delgado. First in Quiwia and then in the Quirimbas Archipelago, these helped encourage the development of local management approaches in Mozambique.

Today our approach is focused on supporting and strengthening local organisations and Community Fisheries Councils (CCPs) to better understand their local fisheries, make informed management decisions to rebuild fisheries, and assess the impact of management actions.  This work is developed in close collaboration with our partners Oikos- Cooperação e Desenvolvimento in Nampula province and Love the Ocean in Inhambane province.

Ongoing security challenges have afflicted coastal communities and emerging marine conservation efforts in several areas of Cabo Delgado, where our work is regrettably now on hold.

As in Madagascar, given extremely high levels of coastal poverty and a pervasive lack of access to basic services, alongside our work in conservation we facilitate partnerships with specialist health providers, through an integrated health-environment approach.


Blue Ventures’ journey began in Madagascar in 2003, and we’ve been supporting communities in marine conservation across the country ever since. We have five regional field programmes along Madagascar’s west coast, as well as regional offices in the towns of Ambanja, Mahajanga, Morondava and Toliara. Our national headquarters is located in the capital Antananarivo.

Across all these sites we support communities with the establishment of locally managed marine areas (LMMAs), and work with government partners to secure national recognition for community conservation initiatives. First developed in Madagascar by Blue Ventures in 2006, the LMMA concept has since been replicated by communities at hundreds of sites over thousands of kilometres of coastline, now covering almost one fifth of Madagascar’s inshore seabed. Our research in Madagascar has demonstrated globally important evidence of the benefits of LMMAs to fisheries and conservation.

Our work focuses on strengthening community institutions in marine management and governance, and pioneering new approaches to catalyse community engagement in ocean conservation. These innovations have included establishing community led ecological monitoring and the country’s first mangrove blue carbon project.

At the national level, we partner with the LMMA network MIHARI, which brings together 25 partner conservation organisations supporting 219 LMMA sites across the country. Our policy team is also actively involved in advocating for more robust legislation to safeguard the rights and interests of fishing communities, and to remove destructive industrial fishing from coastal waters. In 2022 we supported the launch of Fitsinjo, an industrial fisheries watchdog organisation. The network highlights industrial fishing and IUU activities in Madagascar and the broader Western Indian Ocean region.

Given the lack of basic services in remote coastal regions in Madagascar, we also help communities access basic healthcare through training and supporting women to serve as community health workers. We do not replace government health systems, but work to strengthen existing structures in close collaboration with government health actors and specialist NGOs. We also incubate Madagascar’s national health-environment network, which brings together 40 partner organisations to address the health needs of communities living in areas of conservation importance across the country.