Blue Ventures

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Blue Ventures is an award winning marine conservation charity. We rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities. On our Beyond Conservation blog you can hear voices from the front line of marine conservation written by our staff and volunteers.

A Day in the Life of a Samba-Getty Scholar

By Ravelomahafaly Andriamihaja Guénolé “After I had completed my scientific option baccalaureate in 2009, I had no idea what university life had in store for me. But now, I can congratulate myself on having survived” My name is Ravelomahafaly Andriamihaja Guénolé....

/ Jul 11, 2011

Science Schooling

A poem by Naomi Lucas, Blue Ventures Medic, Sarteneja, Belize   Welcome to the Benthic Test A sea of colours, shapes and crests Urchins, sponges, coral and algae Tunicates, ‘trolls hair’ and the cowrie   Starting with soft coral whips...

/ Jun 27, 2011

Getting to know Belize

By Joe Armstrong, Blue Ventures Volunteer, Sarteneja, Belize Sarteneja As a group we spent a week in Sarteneja staying with local host families. My host family was amazing and the food was incredible! Everyone else seemed to be having similar...

/ Jun 6, 2011

A week to remember in Victoria – representing Velondriake at the IMCC II

By Gildas Andriamalala, Velondriake MPA Project Manager, Andavadoaka, Madagascar. Once again I set off across the world from Madagascar to Victoria, Canada, battling with time zones and  airport transits, in order to share work experiences from southwest Madagascar’s Locally Managed...

/ Jun 2, 2011

Fano Lany, Vezo Manegny (if turtles disappear, the Vezo will regret)

By Fran Humber, Research Coordinator, Andavadoaka, Madagascar. Over the last week in Andavadoaka there has only been one thing on our minds – turtles! A festival to raise awareness about marine turtles and their conservation in Velondriake has kicked off...

/ May 31, 2011

NGO Honko visits Velondriake

By Kame Westerman, Velondriake MPA Project Coordinator, Andavadoaka, Madagascar. The success of Blue Ventures and the Velondriake Locally Managed Marine Area has attracted a great deal of attention from other organizations implementing community conservation activities. In late May, Velondriake members...

/ May 27, 2011

Lionfish Please!

By Garry Phillips, Expedition and Dive Manager, Sarteneja, Belize. Belize fisheries department are in the process of publishing a book of recipes for lionfish. The lionfish cookbook will feature a number of different ways in which the lionfish can be...

/ May 19, 2011

Samba-Getty scholars and committee meet to review academic progress

In Toliara, southwest Madagascar, on the 28th of April 2011, the IHSM (Institut Halieuteque et des Sciences Marines) successfully played host to the first meeting for all students supported by the “Roger Samba – J Paul Getty” fellowship programme.  As well...

/ May 18, 2011

An update from former BV Scholar, Mirana Razafindramboa

By Mirana Razafindramboa, Former BV Scholar, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York State, USA. The zoo in Antananarivo was a strange place in the 1980s. As a child, the lemurs and birds imprisoned in tiny, rusty cages seemed perfectly happy,...

/ May 16, 2011

Young conservation leaders attend national workshop to discuss implications of climate change

Youth of today, although often under-represented in policy and decision making, are playing a critical role within global efforts to conserve biodiversity and mitigate the effects of climate change.  Within Madagascar, a thriving network of young conservationists is already at...

/ May 11, 2011

The Easter Regatta

By Crystal Soutière, Blue Ventures Volunteer, Sarteneja, Belize. After the beautiful full moon on Tuesday April the 19th, we were landed with a couple of days of bad weather at our dive camp which meant that diving was off the...

/ May 10, 2011

Living in Eco-Cabins!

By Sally Grice, Blue Ventures Volunteer, Andavadoaka, Madagascar. When we first arrived at Half Moon Beach the first thing that we noticed was the spectacular view across the sea, stretching from Andava Beach and beyond to Coco Beach in the...

/ Apr 26, 2011

Guitarfish a Go-Go- Bribes and barrages in Belo-sur-Mer

By Brian Jones, Community Research Coordinator, Belo-sur-mer, Madagascar. You’ve got to admire the mettle of people who, despite the cards being seemingly insurmountably stacked against them, can still stick to their guns and stand up for what they believe in....

/ Apr 21, 2011

What a great time on Tioman!

By Aniela Frey, Blue Ventures Volunteer, Tioman, Malaysia. Having been there for the two week program, it has been a fantastic time full of new experiences, impressions and growing knowledge! The lectures on biology and ecology have been great fun...

/ Apr 20, 2011

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