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One week after never having used a smart phone before, Farakely had managed to complete forms on his own and had data that was ready to send! He had already reached a level that had taken multiple trainings and many months to achieve with other data collectors. A little smile of satisfaction and shy pride formed on his face when we pointed this out to him, and congratulated him on what is not only a massive success for the shark monitoring project but also a fantastic personal achievement.

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Blue Ventures' Al Harris writes his thoughts on the future of conservation from the front line of our work in Madagascar.

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As the clock neared midnight on a beautiful starry night on the coast of southwest Madagascar, eight sets of bemused and weary eyes peered...

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Every day we post a picture from life on the front line of marine conservation on our Instagram account. Here are a few of my favourites...

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Let’s set the scene, we’re on a beautiful white sand beach, dotted with palm trees; a remote tropical paradise, miles away from human habitation. As the tide retreats what’s that left behind in the strandline? Intermixed with the usual bits of seagrass and algae is a band of washed up discarded plastic.

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by Cicelin Cicelin RAKOTOMAHAZO and Dolce RANDRIANANDRASAZIKY, Blue Forests southwest team, Madagascar “Planting mangroves is not a question of money, but a question of our...

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I feel like I’m gaining skills that will help me to accomplish my goals and hopefully continue to make my mother proud as well.

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by Tinah Martin, Sustainable Fisheries Programme Assistant, Madagascar Not only was it my first time in the “Old Town”, the beautiful heart of Zanzibar’s...

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 by Trevor Jones, Geospatial Analyst; Manager Blue Carbon Science, USA Like the extensive channels of a mangrove ecosystem, it’s been a long and meandering route since I...

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Mere hours after the annual conference for Blue Ventures had ended in Andavadoaka, our eighth, and final, expedition of 2014 began!  Typically, when the...