Tanvi Vaidyanathan/Project Seahorse

Tanvi Vaidyanathan/Project Seahorse

Researcher Tanvi Vaidyanathan (@TanviVaidyanath) is investigating the how fishing and trade bans affect the management and conservation of threatened seahorse populations in India.

When a species is discovered to be threatened, a common response is to ban their catch and trade altogether. We know from research in other countries that all-out bans often have the unintended consequence of driving fisheries and trade underground. The exploitation continues, illegally and unmonitored, and making it much harder to track seahorse abundance, distribution and, ultimately, the extent of the problem. 

Using India’s 2001 Wildlife Protection Act as her case study, Tanvi help determine when, if ever, trade bans should be used for species conservation. Her work will inform the creation of alternative policy options. 

(Banner photo: Guylian Seahorses of the World)

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Tanvi to come up with list.