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We regularly invite guest authors, including expedition volunteers, independent researchers, medical elective students and former staff to contribute to the Beyond Conservation blog.

When communities get together: protecting the mangroves of Kubu Raya

In this mangrove-dense region of Indonesia where mud crab fishing is the primary livelihood, six communities are working together to conserve the ecosystem

/ May 7, 2021

Tunasonga kama ngalawa: slow but steady as we navigate the pandemic

Despite the ever-changing impacts of COVID-19, coastal communities in Kenya are learning to adapt

/ Apr 28, 2021

Dahari garde la pêche: keeping fishers’ spirits high

Back in February, fishing communities on the Comorian island of Anjouan saw a record-breaking octopus catch at their most recent octopus fishery reopening

/ Apr 21, 2021

Giving back to seagrass

In the Trang province of southern Thailand, seagrass is more than just food and jobs – it enables communities to uphold their cultural identity. Now it's time to give back.

/ Apr 7, 2021

Managing for today and tomorrow

A collaborative approach to fisheries management in Zanzibar

/ Dec 3, 2020

Reflections from my balcony: working with community fisheries management groups in Kwale County

Yvonne Muyia, Project Assistant at Blue Ventures’ partner COMRED, reflects on her experience of training three Beach Management Units in coastal Kenya

/ Nov 12, 2020

Maryana and the octopus fisherwomen of Merpas Village

Women in Fisheries 7: Pramasty Ayu Koesdinar, Programme Coordinator at AKAR Foundation, shares her story of meeting Maryana, an octopus fisher from Indonesia

/ Nov 6, 2020

Collaboration and co-design in Comoros

On the island of Anjouan, three teams from around the world came together to co-design and adapt the Monitor App, a fisheries monitoring platform for fishing communities in Comoros

/ Jun 10, 2020

Sun, sea and… fisheries data analysis?

Supporting coastal communities in the Comoros with data literacy

/ Nov 21, 2019

Why I keep coming back to BV

Roger Vaughan has been volunteering with us for over a decade, and says a Blue Ventures expedition is an adventure like no other

/ Oct 23, 2019

An unforgettable medical elective

Nick spent four weeks in Timor-Leste diving the most biodiverse reefs in the world and helping his fellow volunteers stay in good health

/ Aug 28, 2019

Madagascar’s measles epidemic: the story on the ground

Collaborating with community health workers to support treatment and vaccination in remote areas

/ Aug 21, 2019

Using smartphones to improve community health

For community health workers in remote parts of Madagascar, smartphones can be a real game changer

/ Jun 12, 2019
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Becoming a Divemaster

Marine conservation volunteer Aleksander Gakovic shares the personal journey of his time in Timor-Leste.

/ Feb 28, 2019

Caribbean career break

IT professional Mark Jones decided that he needed to take a break from his day to day and do something completely different for a couple of months...

/ Nov 30, 2018