CITES for seahorses

Seahorses were listed on the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Appendix II in 2002, with implementation as of May 2004. All species of seahorse (Hippocampus spp.) are listed, which means trade can continue but must be managed to ensure it is not detrimental to wild populations, that it is legally sourced, and it must be monitored.

We developed this toolkit to help CITES Authorities implement the Appendix II listing of seahorses and overcome any challenges to ensuring that wild seahorses populations are sustainable.

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保护海马就是保护海洋 Saving seahorses means saving the ocean

“Saving seahorses means saving the ocean” aims to mobilize Chinese organizations and institutions to save their rare, treasured and protected seahorses. Chinese seahorses and its ocean are heavily threatened by non-selective and destructive fishing gears that are now widely used in the nation. These gears like bottom trawlers not only cause overfishing but also desertify the ‘underwater forests’ such as coral reefs and seagrass beds.

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Keeping seahorses and pipefishes in aquaria

Project Seahorse recognizes that a sustainable trade in syngnathids for the public aquarium market has a role to play in the conservation of seahorses and pipefishes (syngnathids). All consumers of syngnathids need to be mindful of the considerable pressures being placed on wild populations through habitat change, incidental capture in non-selective fishing gear, and direct fishing...

A Guide to the Identification of Seahorses

Developed in collaboration with TRAFFIC North America, the Guide to the Identification of Seahorses includes detailed descriptions and images all species currently recognized by Project Seahorse, the leading authority on seahorses and their relatives.  It provides a straightforward methodology for identifying seahorses.

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