Project Seahorse is a marine conservation group dedicated to securing a world where marine ecosystems are healthy and well-managed.
We begin with cutting-edge research and turn our findings into highly effective conservation action, in collaboration with governments, local communities, and other stakeholders. As the IUCN global authority on seahorses and their relatives, we work to protect seahorses, and through seahorses, we support marine conservation more broadly.
Founded in 1996 by Dr. Amanda Vincent and Dr. Heather Koldewey, we have received many international awards and honours, including the Rolex Award for Enterprise, Whitley Award in Animal Conservation, and the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation.
Our home institutions are the University of British Columbia's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the Zoological Society of London. Guylian Belgian Chocolate and John G. Shedd Aquarium are our major partners.
An interdisciplinary approach
Project Seahorse finds marine conservation solutions by understanding interdependencies between marine life and human communities. Concentric pressures bear down on individual animals, making an "onion world" in which each layer affects the others. Biological seahorse research is at the centre and we progress outward from there through marine populations, ecosystems, fishing communities, national and global trade issues, policy and public outreach.
Through our work, we aim to:
A small organization that achieves big results
Our innovative and nimble approach has made us very successful, especially in light of our small size and limited resources. Project Seahorse employs a small interdisciplinary team and collaborates with researchers and institutions around the world. Among our many achievements in marine conservation, we have:
- Developed research and management options to drive the recovery of seahorse populations and habitats around the world;
- Generated 35 locally-managed marine protected areas and protocols for effective conservation of many marine fish species;
- Empowered a regional coalition of 1,000 low-income fishing families in Asia.
- Reconciled disparate interest groups to move traditional Chinese medicine consumption towards sustainability;
- Prompted a new regulatory option for marine fish exports globally;
- Trained over 175 professional conservationists and many more citizen scientists.
We need your support
Project Seahorse depends on the support of our partners and dedicated individuals to carry out its vital work. With your help, we will embark on another wave of strategic and effective conservation ventures, protecting marine life and ecosystems from overfishing, habitat loss, and bycatch. Find out how you can help.