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Two years ago, Clarisse and Ringo packed up their family of nine and moved from Bevohitse in the south of Velondriake to Ambolimoke in the north.

They were following the fish.

“My father lives [in Ambolimoke] and said that the fishing was better up here so we moved. We weren’t catching much in Bevohitse and couldn’t support our family,” says Clarisse.

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As he talks, Soanatao draws shapes in the bleached Nosy Tsolike sand with a piece of splintered wood he found in the same spot. He doodles, like one does on a piece of scrap paper while chatting to a friend on the phone.

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The sun is at high noon just a few days after winter solstice in Lamboara. Marie-Louise and five of her fellow seaweed farmers sit in ankle-deep water tending to cords of seaweed. The women laugh, sing and dance while working, and ever so often the word lomotse is spoken, the word for ‘seaweed’ in Malagasy.

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April was an incredibly busy month for us here at Blue Ventures with awards from National Geographic for our lionfish expeditions and from the...

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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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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...