Category: Madagascar

In praise of the situation report!

By Kathleen Edie, Volunteer & Expedition Coordinator.  Some will lament, others will cheer that the village of Andavadoaka has joined the digital age.  It seems that after 7 long years of twice weekly satellite phone exchanges, the much maligned and...

/ Oct 13, 2010

The Girl Effect

This compelling video premiered at the Clinton Global Initiative Summit in New York in Sept 2010, as part of talks on the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. It is a beautifully crafted film, clearly presenting the choice we face. We often...

/ Oct 8, 2010

Visit from northern fishers and women’s association lunch- a busy weekend

By Kame Westerman, Project Coordinator. From Friday to Sunday a group of fishers from Diego (in northern Madagascar) visited to learn about Velondriake’s creation, evolution, and activities.  The group of 13 visited sea cucumber and algae farmers , a permanent...

/ Sep 27, 2010

Local University Students visit Blue Ventures

By Kame Westerman. Each year, university students from Tulear travel for two weeks along the southwest coast of Madagascar to visit conservation programs and see what is working well on the ground.  This last weekend, twenty students (including four from...

/ Sep 24, 2010

Exploring the sea floor

by Kame Westerman, Project Coordinator, Andavadoaka. Standing on Split Rock, with the high-tide watermark well above my head, I’m astonished at how much the tide changes throughout the day; only five hours ago, these rocks that I’m now surrounded by...

/ Sep 9, 2010

Being Creative

By Kame Westerman, Project Coordinator, Andavadoaka. Thanks to a generous donation by a former Blue Ventures volunteer, members of the women’s association in Andavadoaka are currently receiving training in embroidery and tailoring.  For four weeks, the women are spending several...

/ Sep 8, 2010

A sustainable slaughter

By Kame Westerman, Project Coordinator, Andavadoaka. For the Velondriake equivalent of the glorious 12th, the opening of the Nosy Hao Octopus reserve is something of a reserved affair… The procession has snaked its way down the beach with spears, masks...

/ Sep 7, 2010

The festival of Vezo Aho was the culmination of a year long social marketing project …

By Jessie Scurfield. The festival of Vezo Aho was the culmination of a year long social marketing project which uses marketing principles to communicate the conservation/ ecological problems associated with some of the fishing methods used by Vezo. The use...

/ Aug 23, 2010

The Unpredictable Sea

By Jon Lange . The livelihood of the local Vezo people is completely dependent on the sea. This is, after all, why we are here: we are providing the science to help the Vezo understand how make the most of...

/ Jul 9, 2010

The sun came up just as we did

By Anna Westland. 4am. I manage to grab my alarm before it goes off – my hut mate gets cranky enough when I’m up at 7 – and stumble around a bit, looking for rash vests and bits of my...

/ Jun 30, 2010

Thoughts from shore

By Laurenne Schiller. From this angle, I can observe at least seven distinguishable shades of aquamarine in the ocean below me, and there’s not a cloud in the sky...

/ Jun 18, 2010

Football – the universal language

by Ben Darwent. Placed neatly between Coco Beach (staff quarters/restaurant/tourist huts etc) and Half Moon Beach (the wonderful volunteer hub/dive center) is the Blue Ventures football ‘stadium'...

/ Jun 11, 2010

A 1,293 mile hike, 54 consecutive days, 2 sore feet, 1 determined woman and a very worthy cause..

Tess would walk 500 miles and she would walk 500 more (...plus an additional 293)

/ May 26, 2010

Boiled egg ping pong with the Goddess of the Deep

by Tracy Ware. Today was the final dive of my Advanced Open Water course, the deep dive. We dove at a fantastic site called 007 within the permanent no-fishing marine reserve. Just to start off the diving day, two dolphins...

/ Apr 12, 2010

Team 51 – a poetical look at Andava life!

By Steve Richards. They would come to be known as Team 51, Once the next expedition had truly begun...

/ Feb 26, 2010