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.

The path to sustainability for developing world fisheries…

by Sophie Benbow, Southwest Regional Coordinator, Madagascar On February 13th 2012 I attended a conference organised by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to discuss issues faced by developing world fisheries when it comes to eco-label certification. The MSC logo, the...

/ Feb 21, 2012

Sustainably developing the environment? Oxfam says it’s possible

by Jo Hudson, Science Intern, London Often it seems that poverty reduction and environmentalism are at loggerheads – as one is in direct competition with the other, often for space, funding and support. But a new report by Oxfam, published...

/ Feb 14, 2012

Different fish, same problems…

by Charlie Gough, Marine Research Coordinator, Madagascar& Ghana What makes two communities that live over 5000km apart and different oceans struggle daily with the same problems? When you know that both communities live in coastal villages where the population doubles every 20...

/ Feb 3, 2012

Reporting from the Climate change, deforestation and the future of African rainforests conference

Reporting from the Climate change, deforestation and the future of African rainforests conference, January 4-6, 2012, Oriel College, Oxford University, Oxford, UK by Trevor Jones, PhD, Remote Sensing Scientist Greetings from the opening day of the Climate change, deforestation and...

/ Jan 4, 2012

New magazine launched by former Blue Ventures staff member

By Richard Nimmo, Blue Ventures Expeditions Managing Director Former Blue Ventures Field Scientist and Dive Instructor, Samantha Hewitt, has dreamt about passing on her passion for marine life and sea conservation and finally realised it with the launch of her...

/ Nov 24, 2011

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