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Tuesday, 17 May 2011 16:51

Endangered species


We manage the largest community-based shark and turtle fishery monitoring programme in the Western Indian Ocean region. We also run social marketing campaigns to promote the protection of these keystone species as part of Vezo cultural heritage.

Published in What we do

Antananarivo, Madagascar 13th April 2011. Despite being one of the most culturally significant and iconic species in Madagascar, the Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) is being catapulted to extinction because it is a source of food for local people and a highly-prized commodity for poachers.

Toliara 8th April 2011. A landmark fisheries workshop held in Madagascar this week has shown for the first time that community‐based marine conservation brings direct economic benefits to traditional fishing communities, creating a powerful incentive for expansion of marine conservation efforts.

9 February 2011, Antananarivo, Madagascar.  National workshop brings together community leaders, fisheries managers, marine scientists, fishermen, conservationists and government representatives.

15 November 2010. New research has revealed up to 16,000 endangered turtles are being caught each year by villagers in just one region of Madagascar, despite a government ban. Researchers from the University of Exeter and Blue Ventures Conservation say the figure, thought to be a conservative estimate, is the first direct assessment of turtle exploitation on the island.
Friday, 12 March 2010 00:00

A lifeline for hammerhead sharks

LONDON 12th March 2010. Proposals will be made this week to prohibit international trade in the scalloped hammerhead shark, Sphyrna lewini, and seven other shark species.


July 2008 Lamboara: The first hatching of Green Turtles recorded as a direct result of efforts to protect the species in southwest Madagascar has been witnessed by marine conservationists working for British charity, Blue Ventures Conservation.