“Saving seahorses means saving the ocean” aims to mobilize Chinese organizations and institutions to save their rare, treasured and protected seahorses.
“Target Our Take, Stop Trawling” aims to alert India’s policy makers about the appalling forms of annihilation trawling that extract all ocean life indiscriminately, and urge them to take action to better manage their coastal resources.
“Seahorses: Magical Creatures in Our Backyard” aims to build awareness about seahorses and other syngnathids in Biscayne National Park and inspire residents of Miami-Dade County (FL, USA) to take action to protect the park and their oceans.
- Villager’s support for a reserve does not necessarily depend on strong evidence from fish surveys. Villager’s perceptions are affected by a wide range of information sources and managers seeking to enhance local support should tap these information sources.
- It is important for managers to create inexpensive and effective monitoring methods that use a diverse range of data sources because each monitoring system has different strengths and weaknesses.
- First impressions matter: When engaging local communities in the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of no(take marine protected areas (MPAs), marine resource managers must first build trust and develop relationships.
- Communities with a history of MPA development and/or an active village council (or similar grassroots organization) tend to be more easily engaged in M&E activities than those without.
- Women can play an important role in M&E initiatives, and gender must be factored into the program design to ensure equal opportunities to participate.
- Social factors such as ownership may create unequal access to fishing.
- Social and ecological use of areas can influence MPA placement.
- Villagers feel they have the right to ecological knowledge, and the right to participate in MPA rule making.
- Managers should be aware of ownership structures and the rights to which villagers feel entitled, so as to understand villager participation in MPA management.
Project Seahorse encourages the careful management of captive syngnathids so as to ensure that casual releases into natural habitats do not occur...
Project Seahorse cautions against mating across different species (hybridization) of seahorses and pipefishes (syngnathids). Trade in hybrid offspring of such matings may compromise captive breeding programmes and release of hybrids poses high risks to wild populations...
Project Seahorse supports environmentally and socially responsible syngnathid aquaculture...