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Aqua Lung becomes exclusive supplier of diving gear for Blue Ventures’ expeditions

Blue Ventures, the award-winning marine conservation group, and Aqua Lung, the oldest and most respected name in Scuba diving, today announced they are joining forces to protect some of the world’s most threatened coral reef systems.

Blue Ventures is “Highly Commended” for eco- trips that protect threatened coastal habits

Blue Ventures Expeditions today was “Highly Commended” by the Responsible Tourism Awards in the Marine Environment category, recognised for its eco-tourism trips that bring volunteers to Madagascar to protect threatened ocean resources.


24-25 November conference brings leading scientists to present latest trends in exploration

Blue Ventures’ Director of Scientific Research Al Harris and Managing Director Richard Nimmo will speak at the Royal Geographical Society’s Explore 2007 conference this month to discuss the important role exploration plays in finding solutions to global environmental threats.

This following letter was sent to The Times newspaper in response to a front page article published on Tuesday, August 14th, quoting Judith Brodie, director of VSO UK, expressing her concern regarding the regulation of the gap year market, and whether some gap year projects only profit the companies which run them:


As part of the London Aquarium and the BBC’s ‘Saving Planet Earth’ month Blue Ventures will be running a weeklong marine scientist workshop for children visiting the aquarium.

From Monday 25th June to Sunday 2nd July Blue Ventures scientists will teach children about diving and marine life, as well as conservation and the work being carried out by Blue Ventures in Madagascar.

Blue Ventures’ co-founder Tom Savage won the 2007 Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Edge Upstarts for his work to create businesses that have a positive social and environmental impact.

The awards, started in 2001, showcase businesses that offer innovative and sustainable solutions to social issues, such as Blue Ventures, that have a socially beneficial purpose.

Village leaders honoured for conservation work with Blue Ventures and other NGOs

The village of Andavadoaka, Madagascar – location of Blue Ventures’ conservation research centre – was announced a winner of the prestigious Equator Prize at the United Nations headquarters in New York today in recognition of the village’s extraordinary work to diminish poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Andavadoaka recognized for community conservation work with Blue Ventures and others

Andavadoaka village in Madagascar was named as one of 25 finalists for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Equator prize, which recognizes initiatives that help reduce poverty through the conservation of biodiversity.


Survey reveals how conservation can benefit business and biodiversity

Marine protected areas may hold the key to keeping global fishing industries healthy and profitable, a new scientific study in Madagascar reveals.


Former staff member provides background voice to Casino Royales’ Madagascar fight scene

The new James Bond flick, Casino Royale, brings 007 to Madagascar for his first mission, and a former Blue Ventures staff member to the big screen.


London – Blue Ventures Founder and Director of Science Alasdair Harris yesterday received the “Highly Commended” award from the Enterprising Young Brits competition which recognizes young entrepreneurs who have turned their ideas into successful businesses.

Harris, who was selected from more than 1,000 entries across the UK, won the award for social and environmental ventures that combine the principles of a successful business with an emphasis on social and community benefits.

Blue Ventures was honoured yesterday by the First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards for its work with volunteers to protect threatened marine habitats in Madagascar.

During ceremonies at the Excel Conference Centre in London, Blue Ventures was Highly Commended in the category for Best Volunteering Organization. 

Funding from the Project Aware Foundation and the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund will help protect threatened shark populations

Blue Ventures today announced the launch of a new project that will monitor and protect threatened populations of shark.

Scientists urge protection of surviving corals to reseed damaged reefs and provide clues for preventing destruction of corals around the world from climate change

A new survey of reefs along Madagascar’s southwestern coast found massive damage from coral bleaching, including some reefs that lost up to 99 percent of their coral cover.

In just three years, Blue Ventures has won numerous awards for its work with local communities to create marine protected areas across Madagascar

Blue Ventures will celebrate its third anniversary this month, capping off its most successful year since its founding in 2003.

The Social Enterprise Coalition and the First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards have shortlisted Blue Ventures for awards recognising their work to protect marine resources and improve the lives of communities in Madagascar.

The First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards – sponsored by, The Times, World Travel Market and Geographical Magazine – celebrate tourism ventures that make a positive contribution to conservation and the economies of local communities. They are the largest awards of their kind in the world.

Understanding of local culture is essential to protecting threatened marine resources

Blue Ventures has completed the first study of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of the nomadic Vezo people living in the village of Andavadoaka, located along the southwest coast of Madagascar.

Study finds region provides critical habitat for threatened species

Ornithologists from the University of Bath (UK) have completed the first guide to birdlife in the Andavadoaka region, location of Blue Ventures conservation research site in Madagascar. The guide features colour photos of more than two dozen birds documented in the area.

Research looks for ways to protect coral reefs against climate change

Blue Ventures’ founder and science director Alasdair Harris has been working for the past two months as part of an international team of scientists studying the coral reefs of the Chagos Archipelago, the remotest and most isolated group of islands in the Indian Ocean.

Blue Ventures founder and science director Al Harris traveled to Montreal Canada this week as part of a Global Youth Delegation that is participating in the United Nations Climate Change Negotiations.

During the meeting, the Youth Delegation issued a declaration calling on governments to protect the Earth from climate change.
Exciting news for Blue Ventures as its founders Tom Savage and Alasdair Harris received Special Commendation in the Social and Community category of the Enterprising Young Brit Awards.

Twenty-four finalists from across the UK gave presentations to the judges in ‘X Factor’-style, as part of Enterprise Week run by the Make Your Mark campaign which recognises young people who have turned their ideas into reality.
Blue Ventures volunteer Gabrielle Johnson has initiated a letter exchange programme between her students at the Laguna Blanca School in Santa Barbara, California, and the students at Ecole Sainte Famille school in Andavadaoaka, Madagascar.

The letter exchange is part of Blue Ventures’ ongoing educational projects that have been launched in Andavadoaka, home of Blue Ventures conservation research site.

Blue Ventures team members Richard Nimmo and Kit Gillibrand presented a workshop on community conservation in Madagascar during the World Youth Congress held in Scotland.

The workshop discussed the conservation projects that Blue Ventures has developed in Madagascar and explored how other organisations and countries could benefit from lessons learned by Blue Venture’s partnerships.

5th June 2005

Th event is part of educational programme to raise conservation awareness among villagers

The importance of protecting the environment and its resources is a fundamental aspect of Blue Ventures’ work. On the 5th June, World Environment Day 2005, Blue Ventures hosted a ‘Beach Clean-up’ competition for the children of Andavadoaka village.

Between 700 to 1,000 people, traveling in more than 130 pirogue canoes, descended on Nosy Fasy island today during the reopening of the region’s first community-run no-take zone (NTZ).

While final data of the number of octopus caught by villagers has not yet been fully analysed, anecdotal evidence suggests the catches were generally larger than before the NTZ was implemented, and villagers expresses great satisfaction with the day’s fishing results.

Blue Ventures recognized for work to create marine protected areas in Madagascar

Blue Ventures last night was named as a winner of the Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development (SEED) Initiative Awards, an international contest to find the most promising, innovative and entrepreneurial partnerships for sustainable development.

Blue Ventures is proud to announce the formation of a scholarship to support Malagasy nationals with an interest in marine conservation.

The scholarship will fund a Malagasy national every six weeks to join a marine research expedition at our coastal site in Andavadoaka, Madagascar, 45 km south of Morombe.

Blue Ventures’ collaborative research project with Madagascar’s Institut Halieutique et des Sciences Marines (IHSM), has been selected as one of twelve finalists of the SEED Awards, an international contest to find the most promising, innovative and entrepreneurial partnerships for sustainable development

The announcement of the finalists was made by Achim Steiner, Director General of the World Conservation Union (IUCN ), and Ian Johnson, Vice President of the World Bank, at a reception with government ministers from across the world attending the IUCN World Congress in Bangkok.

Blue Ventures has been highly commended in the Responsible Travel Awards 2004.

The Awards, in ten categories, are organized by online travel agent, in association with The Times, World Travel Market and Geographical Magazine – the magazine of The Royal Geographical Society.

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