Launch of Blue Ventures’ 2016-2017 Annual Report

Launch of Blue Ventures’ 2016-2017 Annual Report
21
Mar

Our 2017 Annual Report reviews the last financial year (July 2016 – June 2017), including updates on each of our programmes, our partner support work, our 2020 mission, our financial statements and an independent auditor’s report.


Download our 2017 Annual Report or view our interactive 2017 review


Some 2016-2017 highlights:

28 communities in southwest Madagascar held successful temporary octopus fishery closures.

Management rights for >4,500 hectares of mangroves were transferred to communities from regional government.

30 mangrove farmers received training in beekeeping and honey production.

Our aquaculture team reached the landmark of 500 people trained to farm sea cucumbers and seaweed, over half of whom were women.

32 villages in the Velondriake Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) engaged in conversations about health during our annual village outreach tour.

MIHARI launched a LMMA database allowing almost 200 LMMA communities to share information.

We joined forces with partners in India and Indonesia for the first time.

Our most ambitious fisher exchange to date saw over 20 friends and colleagues from communities and partner organisations in Zanzibar, Mozambique, Mayotte, Kenya and India visit Madagascar to learn about small-scale fisheries management.

We trained Ataúro Island’s first female scuba diver, who is on the path to become Timor-Leste’s first female Divemaster.


“We have seen an extraordinary year of growth for Blue Ventures. Expansion of our work rebuilding tropical fisheries with coastal communities continues apace, and we are now collaborating with more than 30 partners to deliver a suite of innovative, community-centred models to sustain local fisheries and safeguard marine biodiversity. In the Indian Ocean, southeast Asia and Caribbean, we’re demonstrating that effective marine conservation is in everyone’s interest, driving forward our vision to reach at least three million people across the world’s tropical coastal regions by 2020.”
– Jonathan Katz, Chair of Board of Trustees


In 2016-2017 Blue Ventures Conservation spent 96% of our income on conservation activities

As a registered charity (non-profit organisation) we are dependent on, and very grateful to, the many organisations and individuals whose funding enables us to continue our vital work.

 

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