Securing sustainable small-scale fisheries – Mud crab case study

Abstract Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world, has large coastal communities who rely heavily on various small-scale fisheries, such as mangrove mud crab (Scylla serrata), for income. There has been a marked increase in mangrove mud crab fishing due to high international demand, and it is now the country’s third most valuable […]

Local Management of Marine Resources – English and Swahili

A guide for communities in Kenya and mainland Tanzania. This document was produced by the Strengthening East African Marine Protected Areas Project, implemented by the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, The University of Rhode Island and Blue Ventures, Kenya Wildlife Services and Marine Parks and Reserves Unit. Download the Swahili version of this publication

Securing sustainable small-scale fisheries: sharing good practices from around the world

A Blue Ventures case study on the first Mozambique to Madagascar fisher learning exchange in the Velondriake Locally Managed Marine Area in 2015 has now been published in a new good practice guide by the FAO. Abstract This document includes eight studies showcasing good practices in support of sustainable small-scale fisheries. FAO commissioned these studies […]

Solutions in Focus: Community-led successes in marine conservation

Solutions in Focus: Community-led successes in marine conservation is a 2018 brochure from Blue Solutions’ PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet. Two of the solutions featured in this brochure showcase Blue Ventures models: “Kick-starting marine conservation through local fisheries management” (page 16), and “Integrating community health services with local marine management efforts” (page 38). […]

Fisheries learning exchanges: a short guide to best practice

This handbook provides guidance on developing, implementing, evaluating and sustaining fisheries learning exchanges (FLEs). A collaboration between FAO, the NGO Blue Ventures and the research initiative FLExCELL, it draws on experiences from dozens of learning exchanges over the past decade to provide actionable, accessible advice and best practices. Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization […]

Solutions in Focus: Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

Solutions in Focus: Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Solutions is a 2018 brochure from Blue Solutions’ PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet. Two of the solutions featured in this brochure showcase Blue Ventures models: “Building a market for invasive lionfish control” (page 14), and “Kick-starting marine conservation through local fisheries management” (page 57). There is […]

Aquaculture and Marine Protected Areas: Exploring Potential Opportunities and Synergies

Blue Ventures contributed the case study “Locally Managed Marine Area and Aquaculture” to this 2017 IUCN Report on Aquaculture and Marine Protected Areas. Acknowledgements This work has been undertaken by the Ecosystembased Aquaculture Group (EbAG) of IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management, in collaboration with IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme (GMPP), the World Commission on […]

Sustainably Managing Small-scale Fisheries in Partnership with Communities

In southwest Madagascar, the beginnings of a Blue Economy are being built on the sustainable management of small-scale fisheries by traditional fishing communities. Blue Economy is the UNEP term for fair and sustainable ocean conservation management strategies that financially benefit fishing communities. Seafood exporters, government and marine conservation NGOs have worked with Malagasy fishers over the […]