“At the moment, we’re particularly interested in Hippocampus algiricus, the West African seahorse. Our research shows that number of animals in trade has risen dramatically over the past few years, to exports of about 600,000 seahorses annually.”
“It was a major victory, moving us toward the more sustainable use of marine species and paving the way for more protections and better management. But... [t]here will always be resistance to international regulations, so we must continue to support CITES and build on hard-won victories like this one,” says Dr. Yvonne Sadovy
Danajon Bank is thought to be an evolutionary point of origin for many fish species now found across the Pacific Ocean. The diversity of marine life, coupled with incredible fishing pressures, makes this rare double-barrier reef an excellent laboratory for Project Seahorse’s conservation work."
“To truly understand the situation right now, to understand the threats to seahorses and to identify solutions, we need to know what was happening ten, twenty, thirty years ago."
“It's possible to detect changes in fish populations on the reefs by counting only locally fished species or those that are particularly easy to identify."
We sent a team of world-class nature image-makers and conservation scientists to document the reef in all of its beauty and all of its threats. The team spent two weeks on the reef, rising at 3 a.m. every morning and often working until 9 p.m. at night — creating a series of iconic images that have launched at major aquariums on three continents.
“We’ve received sightings from just about every corner of the globe, from Mexico to Mozambique. Our citizen scientists have logged hundreds of sightings, spotting 28 different species.”
While on a dive with local fishers, West captured the first-ever video footage of a West African seahorse. It was broadcast by international media, including National Geographic, the Guardian, and Sky News.