We’re supporting coastal communities to develop their own locally managed marine areas, designed to sustain local fisheries and safeguard marine biodiversity.
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.
Somali to Kenya: A learning exchange to share knowledge and forge friendships
As we worked to finalise planning for this learning visit, we were unsure how it would turn out. After a year without guests, when COVID-19 travel restrictions eased late last year, we were excited about hosting representatives of Adeso, Secure...
Community conservation offers hope for sustainable fisheries on the Kenyan coast
The situation It used to be easy for fishing communities on the Kenyan coast to know when the seasons would change, the winds would peak, and the sea would be safe to access because the weather forecasts were more stable....
Adopting LMMAs – selfless actions for the security of future coastal generations
As we headed out on the bumpy road to Ambolobozobe in the northeast of Madagascar, there was a sense of anticipation. We were going to meet the coastal communities who are successfully managing multiple Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) as...
Relying on local knowledge to preserve key biodiversity sites in the Comoros
the power of data and local knowledge in local fisheries management An array of colours fill my eyes when I put my head underwater – blue, red, yellow and green is what I see as the fish move over beautiful...
When the students became the teachers: a new locally led ecological monitoring team in southwest Madagascar
In June, the local ecological monitoring team from Velondriake travelled to Manjaboake to pass on its skills to its first set of students It was an early sunny morning in June as we packed our kit into the boat on...
Mapping the future: communities come together to discuss locally managed marine areas in Timor-Leste
In February, nine coastal communities from across Timor-Leste came together in Beto-Tasi for the biggest learning exchange ever organised by Blue Ventures in the country.
Science and tradition: expanding Velondriake’s no-take zones through community action
Using a traditional fishing technique called 'jarifa', the community association in Velondriake, southwest Madagascar, have expanded their marine reserves to safeguard their future
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
Science and tradition: exchanging knowledge to drive marine conservation in Velondriake
Five Vezo community members from Andavadoaka join forces to form the first local diving ecological monitoring team in the Velondriake locally managed marine area
Every voice counts: a participatory approach to periodic fishery closures
Community-collected data inspires fishers in the Barren Isles archipelago to adapt their management strategy
Navigating back to sustainability: perspectives from Tanzania
An interview with Blue Ventures’ partner support technicians in East Africa, Haji Machano and Khamis Juma
Turtle fishing in the Barren Isles
A complex conservation issue
Taking control with Tara Bandu: part 2
After over a year of work, the day has finally come for the community of Behau to formalise the management of their marine resources
Taking control with Tara Bandu
The community of Behau in Timor-Leste has decided to take control of its marine resources by using customary law to establish a locally managed marine area.