Tucked away in coral kingdoms, with their otherworldly beauty and elusive nature, pygmy seahorses might seem more fairytale than fish. But IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish and Seadragon Specialist Group member Dr. Richard Smith is here to bridge the gap between fact and fable - he swims with them, he studies them, he photographs them. Recently, he even helped name one!
I’m on a plane again - this time heading home. I’m excited to get there - my cousin is getting married this weekend and so there’s lots to celebrate. But truthfully I’ve already been celebrating! Just as my cousins will soon embark on a new chapter in their lives, so have seahorses embarked on a new chapter in our efforts toward their conservation under The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
I still vividly remember finding out that all seahorses had been listed on CITES Appendix II. It was November 2002 and I was in Chicago, sitting in the lobby of the Shedd Aquarium (a long time Project Seahorse partner). My phone rang. It was Amanda Vincent, Project Seahorse director, calling me from Chile to tell me the proposal had received the 2/3 majority vote needed to be brought into force. I was early in my career and had not been involved with CITES for very long – but I knew this was something to get excited about.
The IUCN SSC Seahorse, Pipefish and Stickleback Specialist Group (SPSSG) has changed its name to the Seahorse, Pipefish and Seadragon Specialist Group.
The first European Syngnathid meeting took take place at the Oceanário de Lisboa, 20-21 October 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. The aim of this meeting was to build a network to help expand knowledge and action for syngnathid species.
Dr. Diego C. Luzzatto, IUCN SPS SG member and iSeahorse National Seahorse Expert, tells the story of how he came to meet and describe the patagonian seahorse.
I went to Greece after a call from Vasilis Mentogiannis*, a professional archaeological diver who contacted Project Seahorse to urge us to protect a local seahorse population.