Category: Supporting Partners

Once we’ve developed a conservation model that works, we support coastal communities to share their experiences and perspectives of managing their marine resources in order to facilitate broader uptake of these approaches.


Testing the waters: exploring the potential for PHE in South East Asia

Our Medical Director, Dr Vik Mohan, recently visited Indonesia and Timor-Leste to see whether coastal communities there would be interested in Blue Ventures’ integrated health and environment approach.

/ Oct 12, 2016

Building a positive future for fishing in the Comoros

Last October we supported our partner Dahari as they launched a new mission: the establishment of sustainable fishing and community management of marine resources on the island of Anjouan.

/ Aug 17, 2016

From Madagascar to Mexico: shared experience, stronger fisheries

Whether you call it pulpo, horita or octopus, community exchanges help build stronger fisheries and new perspectives for coastal communities.

/ Jul 22, 2016
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A melting pot of cultures – Quifuki Island life

Despite its isolation off the north coast of Mozambique, Quifuki Island continues to attract migrant fishermen and traders from far afield, creating a unique and bustling atmosphere.

/ Jul 12, 2016

Celebrating World Fisheries Day in Comoros

This World Fisheries day, we are celebrating a new initiative for marine conservation and fishery management in the Comoros.

/ Nov 20, 2015

Open source conservation

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

/ Apr 16, 2015

Divided by sea, united by vision: a community exchange across the Mozambique Channel

As the clock neared midnight on a beautiful starry night on the coast of southwest Madagascar, eight sets of bemused and weary eyes peered out at us from the dark depths of a seafood collector truck. Our visitors had spent...

/ Apr 10, 2015

A little step for me…. One giant leap for octopus fisheries management

Not only was it my first time in the “Old Town”, the beautiful heart of Zanzibar’s Stone Town, where the labyrinth of alleyways transport you to another time, and the historical monuments and museums bear witness to the cultural and artistic...

/ Mar 3, 2015

Uncovering the hidden power of Population-Health-Environment programmes

Have you ever wondered how offering family planning to communities in Madagascar might be affecting the size of fish in the Mozambique Channel? Or how working with octopus gleaners may be impacting women’s use of contraception? Or how seaweed farming...

/ Nov 20, 2014

Talking ‘pweza’ (octopus) on Pemba Island, Zanzibar

By Brian Jones, Conservation Coordinator, Toliara, Madagascar   (Photos by Brian Jones and Jo Hudson) As far as reccie trips go, there are worse places to be sent than Pemba Island, Zanzibar. Though the coast of southwest Madagascar holds a special place in...

/ Mar 25, 2014
Meeting with an existing women's group (a 'stick' group – which is a type of group that put their money in each month, and one member of the group receives it) on QuifukiPhoto credit: Mike Riddell, Bioclimate

Women octopus gleaners and loan sharks in Mozambique

The second update from my time in northern Mozambique, advising local NGO AMA and their Edinburgh-based partner Bioclimate on community-led octopus fishery management… Walking around the small and quiet village of Quiwia with a group of fisherwomen, we see racks of drying octopus lying in...

/ Mar 19, 2014

‘Polvo’ and participatory mapping in Mozambique

It’s a good job I don’t mind getting my hands dirty! I’m standing on an island in the bay of Mocimboa da Praia in northern Mozambique with the sun beating down, and a group of about ten fishermen crowded around...

/ Mar 13, 2014

Spicing up aquaculture: experiences from our regional workshop in Zanzibar

by Jo Hudson, Conservation & Communications Officer, London As I stepped off the plane in Stone Town, Zanzibar, the heat hit me like a slap the face and I was dazzled by the sunlight – I thought to myself “Toto...

/ Jan 16, 2014

PHE arrives in Belo sur Mer!

By Vik Mohan, Medical Director Last month I visited Belo sur Mer to witness the excellent progress that Lison Garrel has already made in implementing our new Safidy community health programme in the area, integrating it into our existing community-based mangrove...

/ Oct 2, 2013
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Coast-to-coast fisher exchange: from reef octopus to spiny lobster

Lobster fishers from Sainte Luce travelled almost 1,000 kilometres across southern Madagascar to learn from Velondriake’s experience of temporary octopus closures Blue Ventures is working to support some of Madagascar’s most isolated coastal communities to manage their fisheries and marine resources. Starting with a...

/ Sep 25, 2013