BBC Photo Journal

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    Andavadoaka, the location of Blue Ventures’ conservation research site, is featured in a new photo journal on the BBC website about shark fishing in Madagascar.

    The article quotes Blue Ventures’ scientist Volanirina Ramahery about the threats shark fishing poses to the region’s endangered sea turtles, which often get caught in fishing nets.

    Last year Blue Ventures launched the first long-term shark and turtle monitoring programme in Madagascar, the largest programme of its kind in the entire West Indian Ocean.

    At least 51 species of shark and six species of sea turtle live off the coasts of Madagascar. Blue Ventures is monitoring the capture of shark and turtles by local fishermen, and is developing conservation plans to ensure the animals are not hunted out of existence.