Category: Barren Isles (Madagascar)

Located off Madagascar’s west coast near Maintirano, the remote Barren Isles archipelago harbours vast fringing reefs and staggering levels of fish biomass. We’ve been working with the regional government and local communities since 2010 to develop a new marine protected area, set to be the largest in the western Indian Ocean region.

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New partnership brings vital health services to isolated fishing settlements in the Barren Isles archipelago

Blue Ventures links up with JSI/MAHEFA to provide family planning options and basic healthcare to remote communities in the Indian Ocean’s largest locally managed marine area

/ Jul 30, 2015
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Putting Madagascar on the (Google) Map

by Leah Glass, Blue Carbon Project Manager, Madagascar I’m writing this blog whilst drifting down the Sambirano River in northwest Madagascar on a traditional pirogue. On a ‘normal’ work day I’d be on my way to visit one of mangrove...

/ Oct 22, 2014
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Mandeha magnarato: a weekend fishing in Nosy Marify, Barren Isles

by Cecile Fattebert, Barren Isles Conservation Officer, Madagascar This summer I set foot in Madagascar for the first time in order to work with Blue Ventures, where we’re moving towards creating Madagascar’s largest protected area and the Indian Ocean’s largest community-run marine...

/ Oct 14, 2014
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Staff Q&A with Florence Pichon, Maintirano & Barren Isles Project Coordinator

In the latest instalment in our series of staff Q&As, we ask Florence Pichon, Maintirano & Barren Isles Project Coordinator, some searching questions about science, conservation and superpowers… What is your job and academic background? I’m the Barren Isles project...

/ Jun 20, 2014
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Setting sail in Maintirano: the early days

by Florence Pichon, Barren Isles Project Coordinator, Maintirano, Madagascar I can hardly believe it’s been two months since I arrived in Maintirano; a sleepy, beautiful coastal town in western Madagascar. Settling in here as the new project coordinator for the...

/ Apr 14, 2014
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On the road: tales from your semi-nomadic Conservation Coordinator

By Brian Jones, Conservation Coordinator, Toliara, Madagascar  (All photos courtesy of Brian Jones) After almost six years of living in remote villages throughout Madagascar, the modern amenities of Toliara, like hot showers and wifi, were a welcome relief when I...

/ Mar 20, 2014
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Staff Q&A with Olivier Raynaud, Maintirano and Barren Isles Project Coordinator

In the first instalment in our series of Q&As with Blue Ventures staff, we ask Olivier Raynaud, our Maintirano and Barren Isles Project Coordinator, some searching questions about science, conservation and superpowers… What is your scientific background? My academic background...

/ Apr 24, 2013
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Island life: monitoring nesting turtles in the Barren Isles

by Olivier Raynaud, Maintirano & Barren Isles Project Coordinator, Madagascar Among the variety of natural riches that can be found in the Barren Isles’ diverse ecosystems are five of the world’s seven marine turtle species; the leatherback, loggerhead , olive ridley,...

/ Feb 20, 2013
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Sailing towards the Barren Isles locally managed marine protected area: tackling the wind and forging ahead

by Olivier Raynaud, Maintirano & Barren Isles Project Coordinator, Madagascar In our quest for a durable and efficient management configuration, in order to preserve and organise the utilisation of the Barren Isles’ precious ecosystems, Blue Ventures has had to address local...

/ Jan 3, 2013
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Maintirano’s moment of glory: the Journée Nationale de la Pêche et de l’Aquaculture

by Olivier Raynaud, Maintirano and Barren Isles Project Coordinator, Madagascar September 19th to 21st 2012 found our little town in quite a frenzy as it hosted the National Day for Fishing and Aquaculture (JNPA). Typically, the narrow streets of Maintirano...

/ Nov 20, 2012
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War and peace: talking about the Barren Isles

by Olivier Raynaud, Maintirano & Barren Isles Project Coordinator, Madagascar I’ve just arrived in the little town of Maintirano as the new project coordinator for the Barren Isles Marine Protected Area (MPA). My first impression is most definitely that Maintirano...

/ Aug 24, 2012
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Setting sail: a brief look at migration in southwest Madagascar

By Kame Westerman, Velondriake LMMA Coordinator, Madagascar Human migration can be influenced by a number of factors – political, social, economic, physical, and even cultural. In southwest Madagascar, where Blue Ventures works, migration is an important factor to consider when...

/ Apr 16, 2012