Sea cucumber project redefining traditional farming in Madagascar

Amanda Millin

Blue Ventures’ revamped aquaculture program helps marine conservation in an impoverished nation Tampolove’s Bay of Assassins in Madagascar, north of Toliara, has optimal growing conditions for sea cucumbers, with shallow waters rich in sediment. All photos courtesy of Blue Ventures. On upscale menus across China, where they command a premium as an aphrodisiac, sea cucumbers are…

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  • Amanda Millin

    Amanda Millin

    After spending seven years covering travel, fine dining, and other luxury lifestyle topics as on-staff editor at Robb Report magazine, Amanda Millin now focuses on marine conservation, aquaculture and fisheries. She also ghost writes for Dynamic Planet, which invests in businesses that restore nature. Recently, she spent four months as an unpaid volunteer in southwest Madagascar with NGO Blue Ventures where she helped build pens for the sea cucumber farm and dove daily conducting fish population belts.