Charlie is Blue Ventures' Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator, and is currently based in Plymouth.
She is a marine ecologist with a Master's degree from the University of Plymouth. After university, Charlie worked as a presenter and educational assistant at Living Coasts in Torquay and the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. Charlie has been working with Blue Ventures since 2007, when she started as an intern in the London office. Following a subsequent year working as a field scientist in Andavadoaka, Charlie led a number of marine research expeditions to other areas of Madagascar's west coast, working with organisations including WWF, Madagascar National Parks and CORDIO (IUCN).
From 2009 to 2011 she helped to set up marine research projects in Belo sur Mer where Blue Ventures is now working with Madagascar National Parks to establish a marine extension to the existing terrestrial Kirindy Mitea National park. Charlie also participated in Blue Ventures' first marine research expedition to the Barren Isles in November 2011, and in 2012 led a small research team working in Ghana to document the status of marine resources and lay the groundwork for establishing the country's first marine protected area.
In 2013 she worked with WWF on developing studies looking at the vulnerability of traditional fishing communities to climate change. She continues to manage Blue Ventures' marine field research activities, overseeing the monitoring of traditional fisheries and assisting with the development and establishment of new research projects within Blue Ventures. In her role as monitoring & evaluation officer, Charlie is supporting data management systems across the organisation.
"Working for Blue Ventures is more than just a job. It's a daily life experience working with truly inspirational people who achieve so much."
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Charlie's Blog Posts
The second update from my time in northern Mozambique, advising local NGO AMA and their Edinburgh-based partner Bioclimate on community-led octopus fishery management... Walking around the small and quiet village of Quiwia with a group of fisherwomen, we see racks of drying octopus lying in the scorching midday sun. Our guide, Tima Selemane, a local fisherwoman from Quiwia, explains the methods that they use for catching octopus. The post Women octopus gleaners and loan sharks in Mozambique appeared first on Beyond Conservation.
It’s a good job I don’t mind getting my hands dirty! I’m standing on an island in the bay of Mocimboa da Praia in northern Mozambique with the sun beating down, and a group of about ten fishermen crowded around as I delve into an impromptu lesson on how to tell the sex of an octopus (or 'polvo' as it's called in Portuguese)! Covered in octopus ink, slime and sand, the fishers laugh at me as I demonstrate how octopus reproduce by the male inserting his third arm into the head of the female through the siphon. The post ‘Polvo’ and participatory mapping in Mozambique appeared first on Beyond Conservation.