Category: LMMA

We’re supporting coastal communities to develop their own locally managed marine areas, designed to sustain local fisheries and safeguard marine biodiversity.

Building reef resilence: my experiences from Zanzibar

by Rado Lebely Botosoamananto, Terrestrial & Fisheries Scientist, Madagascar I was told the first time I travelled outside of Madagascar, that while this may be a first for me, it won’t be the last time I leave; and it must...

/ Jul 26, 2013

Staff Q&A with Charlie Gough, Senior Marine Scientist, Madagascar

In the twelfth instalment in our series of Q&As with Blue Ventures staff, we ask Charlie Gough, our Senior Marine Scientist, some searching questions about science, conservation and superpowers… What is your scientific background? Academically: a BSc in marine and coastal ecology...

/ Jul 22, 2013

Fisher exchanges to change fisheries

by Shawn Peabody, Country Director, Madagascar Examples of coastal communities coming together to take on overfishing and reduce destructive fishing aren’t too hard to find. In nearly every region there are good examples of these “positive deviants”, as the literature...

/ Jul 1, 2013

Staff Q&A with Gildas Andriamalala, Assistant Conservation Coordinator

In the eighth instalment in our series of Q&As with Blue Ventures staff, we ask Gildas Andriamalala, our Assistant Conservation Coordinator, some searching questions about science, conservation and superpowers… What is your background? I spent four years of my life studying private...

/ Jun 13, 2013

Staff Q&A with Brian Jones, Conservation Coordinator

In the sixth instalment in our series of Q&As with Blue Ventures staff, we ask Brian Jones, our Conservation Coordinator, some searching questions about science, conservation and superpowers… What is your scientific background? I studied Biology at Penn State University,...

/ May 29, 2013
Shawn with BV staff in Belo-sur-mer

Staff Q&A with Shawn Peabody, Madagascar Country Director

In the second instalment in our series of Q&As with Blue Ventures staff, we ask Shawn Peabody, our Madagascar Country Director, some searching questions about science, conservation and superpowers… What is your scientific background? I have a BSc from the...

/ May 1, 2013
Photo of Olivier Raynaud, Maintirano & Barren Isles Project Coordinator

Staff Q&A with Olivier Raynaud, Maintirano and Barren Isles Project Coordinator

In the first instalment in our series of Q&As with Blue Ventures staff, we ask Olivier Raynaud, our Maintirano and Barren Isles Project Coordinator, some searching questions about science, conservation and superpowers… What is your scientific background? My academic background...

/ Apr 24, 2013

The overwhelming economic case for protecting our seas

This post first appeared on the @SynchEarth blog on 5 April 2013 by Alasdair Harris, Research Director, UK Easter weekend saw the end of the UK government’s 3-month public consultation on the designation of new marine conservation areas around the coasts...

/ Apr 5, 2013

Playing hide and seek with tortoises

by Rado Lebely, Terrestrial & Fisheries Scientist, Madagascar After six very long months of tortoise hibernation, the Blue Ventures tortoise monitoring team was more than ready to see how abundant the spider tortoises (Pyxis arachnoides) are in the rainy season. We...

/ Mar 28, 2013

Marching for marine protection in England

by Jo Hudson, Conservation & Research Assistant, London On Monday 25th February, the BV London team wrapped up warm and prepared to brave the freezing winter’s day in order to join the thousands of people who were marching on parliament...

/ Mar 8, 2013

A much needed repose

By Brian Jones, Conservation Coordinator, Madagascar Living in paradise ain’t always easy. Sometimes you just need to… get away. Nowhere better to do that than in my hometown in eastern Pennsylvania in the middle of winter! Huh? Contradictory as that...

/ Feb 25, 2013

Island life: monitoring nesting turtles in the Barren Isles

by Olivier Raynaud, Maintirano & Barren Isles Project Coordinator, Madagascar Among the variety of natural riches that can be found in the Barren Isles’ diverse ecosystems are five of the world’s seven marine turtle species; the leatherback, loggerhead , olive ridley,...

/ Feb 20, 2013

Saving Mozambique’s dugongs

by Dr Garth Cripps, Senior Conservation Scientist & Forest Carbon Finance Specialist, Madagascar Walking down the lively streets of Vilanculos and Inhassoro in Mozambique it is difficult to believe that in the early 90’s these were dead towns. The streets, shops and...

/ Feb 19, 2013

The most beautiful adventure: My first trip beyond Madagascar

by Rado Lebely, Terrestrial & Fisheries Scientist and EDGE Fellowship winner, Madagascar Who would think that I’ve never been outside of Madagascar, never travelled by plane and never seen an international airport? This reality changed when I was accepted to join...

/ Feb 13, 2013