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New Junior Reporters Club initiative hopes to spread the conservation message through the younger generation by encouraging environmental awareness in the children of Madagascar

By George ‘Bic’ Manahira Exciting times here in south west Madagascar as Blue Ventures make preparations for a new project working with local kids – the Junior Reporters Club (JRC). In the village of Andavadoaka, there are a lot of...

/ Jul 28, 2011

Mikoko Pamoja (Mangroves together)

By Lalao Aigrette Ravaoarinorotsihoarana, Mangrove REDD Research Manager, Blue Ventures Conservation. Earthwatch is an international NGO which runs a training program to enhance local and regional research capacity and has been supporting mangrove research in Kenya through the Tidal Forests...

/ Jun 29, 2011
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Insatiable Appetites Drive Madagascar’s Tortoises to Extinction

Antananarivo, Madagascar — April 13, 2011—Despite being one of the most culturally significant and iconic species in Madagascar, the Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) is being catapulted to extinction because it is a source of food for local people and a...

/ Apr 18, 2011
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Where there was once destruction, comes new life

By Matt Hitchiner, Tampolove Research Site Manager, Tampolove, Madagascar. Despite local tales of a monster dwelling within the depths of the Tampolove mangrove forest, this myth has evidently done little to dissuade people from entering and cutting down substantial areas...

/ Mar 22, 2011
The Safidy program gives a presentation about family planning to the GA

Blue Ventures hosts guests from neighbouring Comorian islands

By Kame Westerman, Velondriake MPA Project Coordinator, Andavadoaka, Madagascar.  The success of Blue Ventures and Velondriake in southwest Madagascar has garnered growing interest from other conservation organizations wanting to learn about community conservation in this context.  Recently, we had two...

/ Feb 8, 2011
The southern region of Velondriake discusses their workplan

Velondriake General Assembly meeting – local governance in action

By Kame Westerman, Velondriake MPA Project Coordinator, Andavadoaka, Madagascar.  The Velondriake marine managed area is governed by representatives from each of the twenty-five villages that are encompassed by its boundaries.  Twice a year, these 65 representatives come together to take...

/ Feb 3, 2011

BV’s Fran joins the Fishfight

By Frances Humber, Research Coordinator. The public has been hooked on cod, salmon and tuna for too long and it was time for Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his ‘Fish Fight’ to highlight the enormous levels of ‘discard’ or waste in EU...

/ Nov 24, 2010
Kwetu ponds

Kwetu, Community Aquaculture in Mombasa, Kenya

By Shawn Peabody, Madagascar Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) Coordinator. I travelled to Mombasa, Kenya last week to attend a workshop developing a proposal to investigate the role that marine ecosystem services play in poverty alleviation around the Indian Ocean. ...

/ Nov 1, 2010

Heading South

By Sean Clement, Blue Ventures Field Scientist. One of the most encouraging aspects of the success of Blue Ventures’ work in the Velondriake marine protected area ( has been the extent to which many of Velondriake’s approaches to conservation have...

/ Oct 22, 2010

Earlier this week, the two mangrove reserves opened again to legal harvest…

By Kame Westerman, Velondriake MPA Project Coordinator. Mangroves are important habitats for juvenile fish, crabs, shrimp and sea cucumbers. Mangrove forests are also popular fishing areas for many local villages, and, without proper management, can become over harvested. In order to protect these...

/ Oct 8, 2010
Setting up sea cucumber pens

Team Zanga (Sea cucumber in Gasy) waded out during low tide in search of the illusive sea cucumbers

By Matt Hitchiner. Volunteers get muddy spending a couple of days helping in the construction of a new sea cucumber pen for the students in Tampolove, a small village in the South of Velondriake. Once the delivery of juveniles arrives on the 23rd of September it...

/ Sep 24, 2010

A white girl fisherman!

By Daniella Sachs. One of the most incredible experiences I have had so far was my trip south with Thomas, a former Malagasy shark fisherman who now runs the Turtle and Shark Research Project for BV...

/ Feb 24, 2010

El Squid Tango

by Núria Forns Willem, Jane, Roger and I have been in Tioman for 20 days now. As we’ve been regularly doing since we got here, this morning we got on the bum boat and headed out for a couple of...

/ Oct 22, 2009

Update from Belo Sur Mer

By Charlie Gough Everything is going well with the dive surveys at our new site in Belo and on the islands so far. This week we had some great weather again, which allowed us to survey a further 3 sites...

/ Oct 16, 2009

Some of my highlights from Madagascar

by Kate Evangeli Octopus Day We’d been trained up in the art of how to sex an octopus which basically involves putting your fingers in the head, finding the correct tentacle and seeing if there is a sperm tube. It...

/ Sep 21, 2009