Citizen science for seahorse conservation

Through iSeahorse, our pioneering citizen science program, Project Seahorse is creating a global network for seahorse science and conservation. iSeahorse is a website and smartphone app that allows anyone, anywhere in the world to contribute to seahorse science and conservation. Follow the links or scroll down to learn how you can share your wild seahorse observations and help protect threatened populations.

How it works / What it does /  Why protect seahorses? 

(Banner photo: Ernst Seeling/Guylian Seahorses of the World)

Guylian Seahorses of the World

Guylian Seahorses of the World



How iSeahorse works

Anyone can join

Whether you’re a diver, a fisher, a scientist, a seahorse enthusiast, or just on a beach holiday, you can share your wild seahorse sightings with a click of a mouse or tap on a smartphone. 

Join to upload your seahorse observations and photos, help us identify species, and learn how you can advocate for their protection in your ocean neighbourhood.

Turning your data into conservation action

Scientists from Project Seahorse and seahorse experts around the world will use your vital information to better understand seahorse behaviour, species ranges, and the threats seahorses face. Together, we'll use this knowledge to mobilize governments, policy makers, and ocean advocates to protect seahorses and their ocean ecosystems.

Population monitoring

Do you dive regularly in areas where there are seahorses, or live or work near a fishing port? We're also looking for people who can help with tracking wild seahorse populations over longer periods of time. A background in marine science, conservation, or fisheries is useful, but not strictly necessary.

Filip Staes/Guylian Seahorses of the World

Filip Staes/Guylian Seahorses of the World


What iSeahorse does

New scientific discoveries

By turning divers, snorkelers, photographers, tourists, and others into citizen scientists, iSeahorse expands the number of people studying seahorses around the world from fewer than 20 scientists to hundreds and even thousands of citizen scientists.

A global early warning system for seahorses

iSeahorse generates seahorse population monitoring projects around the world. This growing network is poised to sound the alarm whenever and wherever seahorses and their habitats are under threat.  

From citizen science to 'citizen conservation'

The ultimate goal of iSeahorse is to turn citizen scientists into 'citizen conservationists' — we give you the data and the tools you need to advocate for seahorse populations at the local, national, regional, and global level.

(Why protect seahorses in the first place? Read our primer to learn more.)




New marine protected area established in the Philippines


Population monitoring projects established on five continents


Seahorse sightings by hundreds of users in dozens of countries


Of all sightings occur out of species' known geographical range

A Denise's pygmy seahorse (H. denise). Rudi Brocken/Guylian Seahorses of the World

A Denise's pygmy seahorse (H. denise). Rudi Brocken/Guylian Seahorses of the World


Spread the word! 

We need your help to spread the word about iSeahorse. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook and share our posts with your friends and colleagues. Share this poster about our work. If you work with a zoo, aquarium or museum, find out how you can bring iSeahorse into your institution.  



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