An assessment of West African seahorses in fisheries catch and trade

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication: 2015

Authors: Cisneros-Montemayor, AM, West K, Boiro IS, Vincent ACJ

Journal: Journal of Fish Biology

Date Published: 12/2015

Keywords: CITES, Hippocampus algiricus, life history, morphometry


This study provides the first assessment of a heavily traded West African seahorse species, Hippocampus algiricus, and the first information on short-snouted seahorse Hippocampus hippocampus biology in Africa. A total of 219 seahorses were sampled from fisher catch in Senegal and The Gambia, with estimated height at reproductive activity for H. algiricus (161 mm) larger than mean±s.d. catch height (150±31 mm). Catch composition, height at reproductive activity and potential biases in fishery retention are discussed with regard to the current Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) guidelines.

DOI: 10.1111/jfb.12818