We rebuild tropical fisheries with the poorest coastal communities
Blue Ventures is a science-led social enterprise that works with coastal communities to develop transformative approaches for nurturing and sustaining locally led marine conservation initiatives.
We work in places where the ocean is vital to local people, cultures and economies, and where there is a fundamental need to support human development.
Once we have developed a model that works, we enable communities to share their experiences and encourage adoption by others. The results of our work help us to propose new ways of safeguarding marine biodiversity and coastal livelihoods that benefit coastal people everywhere.
"A model for everyone working to conserve the natural life-support systems of our troubled planet."
Making conservation make economic sense
Over the past decade our models have guided national fisheries policy and been replicated by communities, NGOs, businesses, donors and government agencies along thousands of kilometres of coastline.
We have created the largest locally managed marine protected areas in the Indian Ocean, catalysed a sea change in community-led fisheries management, established sustainable aquaculture and ecotourism businesses, and developed new approaches to financing and incentivising marine conservation.
So far our work has impacted the lives of more than 100,000 of the world’s poorest coastal people.
"We are redefining conservation by pioneering and scaling market-based solutions that work for local communities."
Once we have developed a model that works, we support communities to share their experiences and encourage adoption by others. The results of our work help us to propose new ways of safeguarding marine biodiversity and traditional livelihoods that benefit coastal people everywhere.
We move our programmes through a research and development lifecycle, in which models are pioneered and refined, then tested at scale before being handed over to local partners. At every state we monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability of each model, developing tools to share best practice and support broader adoption by partners in other coastal regions.
We disseminate what we learn through publications, films, peer networks, conferences and workshops. From the mechanics of blue carbon to the complexities of PHE, we provide technical advice and training to communities and organisations worldwide. By bringing together fishing communities, we also build grassroots marine conservation movements at national and regional levels.
Through our expeditions, volunteers from around the world join our teams in the field, working closely with local communities and conservation scientists on marine research.
"Blue Ventures does magnificent work, helping local communities and offering extraordinary volunteering opportunities that you'll remember for the rest of your life."
Where we are now
Blue Ventures Conservation is a registered England & Wales charity, number 1098893
Registered address: Omnibus Business Centre, 39-41 North Road, London, N7 9DP
Blue Ventures Expeditions is a registered company in Scotland, number SC233112