Tag: marine conservation

Making a living from the forests between land and sea

by Kitty Brayne, Country Coordinator, Madagascar  I’m in a fishing village, but I can’t see the sea. Ankazomborona is perched on the edge of a muddy channel separating land from a forbidding forest of twisted mangrove trees, their roots veering...

/ Oct 1, 2014

Innovative Tools and Inspired Leaders: My Experience as a Kinship Fellow

By Jen Chapman, Country Coordinator, Belize [quote_left]If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. – John Shores, Kinship Faculty, 2014[/quote_left] It was a busy morning, and I was mildly irritated to hear my phone ring… again!...

/ Sep 15, 2014

Lobster with a side of lionfish

by Silvia Parmeggiani, Community Officer, Belize Despite the early start, the full sun was already beating down on us as we drive down the dusty road from Sarteneja, on our way to Belize City. Belize is a country of many cultures,...

/ Aug 29, 2014

In the making: the future biologists of Belize

by Winnie Courtene-Jones and Meira Mizrahi, Field Scientists, Belize  Throughout this academic year, Blue Ventures’ staff team has again been working closely with the natural resource management classes at the Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College (CEMJC). This enthusiastic group of students...

/ Aug 13, 2014

Using the beast to create some beauty: A photo diary

by Silvia Parmeggiani, Community Officer, Belize Lionfish are beautiful but because of their exotic looks they are prized specimens within the aquarium trade, and are exported all over the world. But just like their name certainly suggests, they are also aggressive predators...

/ Jul 10, 2014

Catching up with shark data collectors in Madagascar

by Fran Humber, Conservation Programmes Manager, UK Managing a project from afar can have its pros and cons.Whilst I have access to fast internet and 24 hour electricity and can help to move the technical of the project forward; emails,...

/ Jul 7, 2014

Staff Q&A with Meira Mizrahi, Field Scientist, Belize

In the latest instalment in our series of staff Q&As, we ask Meira Mizrahi, Field Scientist, Belize, some searching questions about science, conservation and superpowers… What is your scientific background? I gained a BSc in Ecology & Conservation at James Cook University, Cairns....

/ Jul 4, 2014

From salsa to merengue: Cross-border collaboration for a cross-border problem

by Jen Chapman, Country Coordinator, Belize One of the main focuses of Blue Ventures’ work in Belize is the monitoring and management of invasive lionfish, Pterois volitans. This Indo-Pacific fish was first spotted off the coast of Florida in the...

/ Jul 2, 2014

A Madagascar Phenomenon: Baobab Trees

by Madison Kane, Expedition Manager, Madagascar  Anywhere you go you’ll see trees; from palms in the Caribbean to snowy pines in Canada,from  redwoods in California to eucalyptus in Australia. You name it, they’re all over. However, never had I seen...

/ Jun 28, 2014

The most valuable marine resources in Madagascar

by Fran Humber, Conservation Programmes Manager, UK I have just visited NW Madagascar, speaking to shark fishers and community members to explore the potential for expanding our mobile phone data collection on shark fisheries to this region. Up to this...

/ Jun 25, 2014

On the lionfish warpath with BV’s inaugural lionfish expedition!

by Meira Mizrahi, Field Scientist, Belize The start of a new expedition is always exciting; new surveys and sights, the anticipation of getting back to Bacalar Chico and into the beautiful Belizean waters, and the fresh and enthusiastic energy that...

/ Jun 23, 2014

Staff Q&A with Florence Pichon, Maintirano & Barren Isles Project Coordinator

In the latest instalment in our series of staff Q&As, we ask Florence Pichon, Maintirano & Barren Isles Project Coordinator, some searching questions about science, conservation and superpowers… What is your job and academic background? I’m the Barren Isles project...

/ Jun 20, 2014

The most remarkable place…

by Drew Lindqvist, BV Volunteer, Madagascar I don’t know how to begin concerning a description of Andavadoaka, let alone Madagascar, except to say that it’s the most remarkable corner of the earth I’ve ever been invited to discover. It may...

/ Jun 19, 2014

Staff Q&A with Winnie Courtene-Jones, Field Scientist, Belize

In the latest instalment in our series of staff Q&As, we ask  Winnie Courtene-Jones, Field Scientist, Belize, some searching questions about science, conservation and superpowers… What is your academic/professional background? From a very early age I was fascinated by the...

/ Jun 13, 2014

Time to sail-a-brate at the Sarteneja Regatta!

by Silvia Parmeggiani, Community Officer, Belize Every year, as April begins, something changes in the village of Sarteneja. It is a slow change at first, but quite noticeable if you have lived here some months. Firstly, the fishermen return to...

/ Jun 11, 2014