Seahorse is a marine conservation group dedicated to securing a world
where marine ecosystems are healthy and well-managed.
We begin with cutting-edge research and turn our findings into highly effective conservation action,
in collaboration with governments, local communities, and other
stakeholders. As the IUCN global authority on seahorses and their
relatives, we work to protect seahorses, and through seahorses, we
support marine conservation more broadly.
Founded in 1996 by Dr. Amanda Vincent and Dr. Heather Koldewey,
we have received many international awards and honours, including the
Rolex Award for Enterprise, Whitley Award in Animal Conservation, and
the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation.
institutions are the University of British Columbia's Institute for the
Oceans and Fisheries and the Zoological Society of London. Guylian
Belgian Chocolate and John G. Shedd Aquarium are our major partners.
An interdisciplinary approach
Project Seahorse finds marine conservation solutions by understanding interdependencies between marine life and human communities. Concentric pressures bear down on individual animals, making an "onion world" in which each layer affects the others. Biological seahorse research is at the centre and we progress outward from there through marine populations, ecosystems, fishing communities, national and global trade issues, policy and public outreach.
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Marine Conservation Area and Haida Heritage Site
A small organization that achieves big results
innovative and nimble approach has made us very successful, especially
in light of our small size and limited resources. Project Seahorse
employs a small interdisciplinary team and collaborates with researchers
and institutions around the world. Among our many achievements in
marine conservation, we have:
Developed research and management options to drive the recovery of seahorse populations and habitats around the world;
Generated 35 locally-managed marine protected areas and protocols for effective conservation of many marine fish species;
Empowered a regional coalition of 1,000 low-income fishing families in Asia.
Reconciled disparate interest groups to move traditional Chinese medicine consumption towards sustainability;
Prompted a new regulatory option for marine fish exports globally;
Trained over 175 professional conservationists and many more citizen scientists.
Seahorse depends on the support of our partners and dedicated
individuals to carry out its vital work. With your help, we will embark
on another wave of strategic and effective conservation ventures,
protecting marine life and ecosystems from overfishing, habitat loss,