Category: International

In addition to our field programmes in Madagascar and Belize, we regularly share our learning at international conferences and we’re supporting various partners to adopt our conservation models in other tropical developing coastal regions.

Lemurs, Larium and Leanne Rimes: the adventures of the overland tour

By Martine Botha, Blue Ventures volunteer, Madagascar Day One After our first humid night in Antananarivo, we arrived for breakfast at the Hotel Raphia to meet the rest of our fellow BV volunteers and to feast on a standard Madagascan...

/ Nov 18, 2011

Talking Tuna in Tanzania

By Mialy Andriamhefazafy, BV Environmental Policy Officer, Madagascar This week has been a very exciting one in my role as BV’s Madagascar-based environmental policy officer. Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from around the Indian and Pacific Ocean regions have been meeting here...

/ Nov 10, 2011

Going the extra mile for BV, literally.

While some newlyweds spend their honeymoon lying on the beach and sharing candlelit dinners, Kate Turner and her husband Will chose to celebrate their marriage by volunteering with Blue Ventures in southwest Madagascar.  Of course, in between scuba diving, conducting...

/ Oct 7, 2011

Plenty more fish in the sea? Fish Dependence Day; when domestic fish consumption exceeds Britain’s supplies

Fishing further for your supper; July 16th marks UK dependence on fish from abroad as local stocks fail to meet our growing demand Are there really plenty more fish in the sea? What were once rich and fertile European waters...

/ Jul 18, 2011

Not just about conservation…

By Richard Nimmo, Managing Director, London, UK. For many or even most of the people who interact with Blue Ventures we are likely to be regarded either as a conservation and research organisation or as an ethical tourism company. This...

/ May 25, 2011

From southern Madagascar to Rodrigues: promoting dialogue to share lessons learned in fisheries management

By Alasdair Harris, BV’s Founder and Research Director, Antananarivo, Madagascar Throughout southern Madagascar, temporary closures of octopus fishing grounds are emerging as a popular management tool for this economically important fishery. In southwest Madagascar alone, over 100 such fishery closures...

/ May 24, 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

Ah, the jungle. It’s full of beautiful scenic views, majestic streams and waterfalls…

By Jacob Meyer. Ah, the jungle. It’s full of beautiful scenic views, majestic streams and waterfalls, melodic symphonies that come from tropical birds, monkeys that hand you fresh fruit and coconuts, relaxing nights in hammocks near the cozy fire at...

/ Aug 5, 2010

Why would I want to be on a beach holiday when even the chores bring a genuine smile to my face?

By Neil Hagan. “This is not a beach holiday” – a favorite saying of our fearless (except when you mention floating, smiling vampires) expedition leader. Katie, I happen to agree with you, this is certainly not a beach holiday.I have...

/ Jul 26, 2010

The trek, well what to say…?

By Christopher Webb. An eerie quiet sets over Pulau Tioman as bags are packed and the volunteers of expedition 7 prepare to go their separate ways. No more shall Yu Lin’s laugh echo round the dive shop. No more shall...

/ Jul 13, 2010

Beach holiday…?

By Chris Webb. Before I delve into the ongoings of week 4 I feel it's appropriate to summarise the first half of Expedition 7...

/ Jul 5, 2010

just like on National Geographic and Finding Nemo!

By Liesbeth Van de Moortel. We saw some amazing things, a sleeping turtle, nocturnal fishes, polycheates and even some copepods were passing the light of your torch. The top act (for me at least) was the...

/ Jun 16, 2010

Nature’s little surprises

by Rhonwyn Wilkinson. One of the really exciting things about diving is that you never know what you will see when you drop beneath the surface.

/ May 18, 2010

Totally amazing first week

Totally amazing first week that has flown by because we have not stoppped learning new things-from diving skills and knowledge to identifying fish, corals and other benthic organisms. That’s not to say all our experiences have been of the studious...

/ May 17, 2010

Blue Ventures Malaysia, an exciting first year!

By Katie Yewdall. 2009 saw the first year of Blue Ventures Malaysia (BVM). The first volunteers showed up on the 17th of April to be greeted by an excited BVM team....

/ Feb 17, 2010