What is the Fisheries Transparency Initiative and why is it so important?

In Madagascar, public authorities, fishers, and civil society organisations are working towards improving fisheries transparency and governance. Together, they want to ensure sustainable and fair management of stocks, and enhance the value of a sector that represents between five and...

/ May 24, 2023

Progress Made on Fisheries Transparency in Madagascar

In Madagascar, public authorities, fishers, and civil society organisations are working towards improving fisheries transparency and governance. Together, they want to ensure sustainable and fair management of stocks, and enhance the value of a sector that represents between five and...

/ May 17, 2023

Participatory Video Inspires Community-Led Seagrass Conservation in Timor-Leste

Despite boasting some of the most biodiverse marine ecosystems in the world, small-scale fishers in Timor-Leste are increasingly concerned about declining daily catches. Participatory video is a powerful community engagement and communications tool that can help uncover hidden challenges and...

/ May 15, 2023

Comoros to Kenya: A trip to learn from fellow fishers in Kenya

The sea around Comoros has been the source of livelihood for Bahati Anli, and many like her in Comoros. She comes from a fishing community and is part of Maecha Bora, an all-women fishers association that leads conservation efforts. When...

/ Mar 24, 2023

Meet the communities using data to transform fisheries management

Blue Ventures and partner COMRED held the first community data feedback meeting with people from Kwale County in Kenya to validate fisheries catch and landing data collected from fisheries over three months. The activity was an eye-opener on how communities...

/ Mar 14, 2023

Supporting women in Mozambique to protect their marine areas

Last night, on the eve of International Women’s Day, Mozambique organised a ministerial-level UN debate about how the security council can work together for the common good of women’s empowerment. We asked Habiba Mussa, our colleague in Mozambique, to tell...

/ Mar 8, 2023
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Celebrating fishers on the Kenyan coast

In January this year our partner Bahari Hai organised and hosted a conservation festival in Watamu, a small town on the northern coast of Kenya. They invited us to help with the planning and execution of the activities. Our fisheries...

/ Feb 24, 2023

The Barren Isles – living on the edge of the world

Supported by the Blue Action Fund (BAF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Blue Ventures and its implementing partners, the Aga Khan Foundation, Abalobi, MIHARI, and OSDRM recently began delivering a conservation and community engagement project with communities on the...

/ Feb 15, 2023

Safety at sea training to save lives and reduce risk for fishers in Indonesia

Indah Rufiati – Fisheries Lead at Yayasan Pesisir Lestari (YPL), Indonesia During my career, I have had the opportunity to join many small-scale fishing trips in various parts of Indonesia’s archipelago. I’ve always been concerned about the risks and dangers...

/ Feb 2, 2023
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Launching the first temporary mud crab fishery closure in Sapat, Indonesia

Community-based mud crab fisheries monitoring in Indonesia leads to sustainable practices with temporary fisheries closure.

/ Jan 25, 2023

Putting communities at the heart of coral reef monitoring in Timor-Leste

Our Conservation Officer in Timor-Leste, Armindo Marques, talks about his journey with BV and training a team of Timorese reef monitoring volunteers.

/ Jan 16, 2023

Voices from COP15

The end of the year brought two major events to address the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, and to decide the fate of humanity, and the future of all life on earth. After Egypt hosted the climate COP27...

/ Dec 10, 2022
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Improving coastal community access to essential HIV services in Madagascar

Through our close links to communities in the countries where we work, we know that HIV/Aids affects many fishing communities. Our director of Community Health, Dr. Vik Mohan, explains...

/ Dec 1, 2022

‘This land is ours’: exploring new partnerships with Tiniguena in Guinea-Bissau

As we approached the remote island of Formosa at sundown after a two-hour boat ride from Guinea-Bissau’s capital Bissau, I was overwhelmed by the vibrant nature that surrounded us. Fish eagles greeted us with eerie calls, and flocks of pelicans...

/ Nov 24, 2022

A song of change in Madagascar brings goosebumps and tears

As a marine ecologist and self-acclaimed nerd, I get excited when I see a graph, especially one charting fish abundance or coral cover. But there are myriad ways to share tales of change beyond data, especially where numbers don’t convey...

/ Oct 28, 2022