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The Project Seahorse NewsletterSummer 2017

Dr. Amanda Vincent named to IUCN Species Survival Commission Steering Committee



Our director, Dr. Amanda Vincent has been appointed to the Steering Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC). She will serve as the Committee’s global marine expert, and will also Chair its Marine Conservation Subcommittee. Dr. Vincent currently serves as Chair of the IUCN SSC Seahorse, Pipefish, and Stickleback Specialist Group  and as the marine representative on the IUCN Red List Committee.

“I’m delighted by the opportunity to support such an amazing set of volunteer experts in marine conservation in creating a better future for ocean species. Much needs to be done. But I’m full of #OceanOptimism,” said Vincent.

Read more here 

Fantastical Fishes: Seahorses, Pipefishes and Seadragons into the Future

 



We were delighted to co-host SyngBio 2017 with The University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida (USA) in May. This was the third meeting of researchers and other professionals working to understand and support syngnathid fishes (seahorses, pipefishes, pipehorses, and seadragons). We had a dynamic, broad and inspiring program, with participants and contributed work from at least 19 countries and 6 continents, not to mention fantastic invited speakers.  Our Lily Stanton reflects on the meeting on our Blog and provides her perspective as a first-time participant.

We came away with a renewed sense of urgency and excitement to continue saving Syngnathids and saving the seas. We hope and expect to gather with even more colleagues in a few years’ time at the next SyngBio. 

Seahorses: Magical Creatures in our backyard

 



In April and May, Project Seahorse ran a very active
outreach campaign “Seahorses: Magical Creatures in Our Backyard”.  Our goal was to build awareness about seahorses and other syngnathids in Biscayne National Park and inspire residents of Miami-Dade County (FL, USA) to take action to protect the park and their oceans.  We used seahorses, truly magical creatures, to connect individuals to the beauty of their marine backyards, providing materials and resources for further learning and engagement.   

Our M.Sc student researcher, Emilie Stump, toured South Florida engaging people in conversation about the Biscayne National Park and the threats its faces, and what they can do to help. We are delighted to have met nearly 5000 South Floridians and to have reached more than two million through conventional and social media. We also touched many more people by mobilising other organizations, such as the Miami Science Barge, to share our messages. 

You can learn more about this successful campaign and access our online Toolkit of resources here. 

New publications

Aylesworth, L., T.L. Loh, W. Rongrongmuang and A.C.J. Vincent. 2017. Seahorses (Hippocampus spp.) as a case study for locating cryptic and data‐poor marine fishes for conservationAnimal Conservation. doi:10.1111/acv.12332

Aylesworth, L., Phoonsawat, R., Suvanachai, P., and A.C.J. Vincent. 2017. Generating spatial data for marine conservation and management. Biodiversity & Conservation 26(2):383-399

Lawson J.M., S.J. Foster and A.C.J. Vincent. 2017. Low bycatch rates add up to big numbers for a genus of small fishes. Fisheries 42(1):19-33.

Selgrath, J.C., Peterson, G.D., Thyresson, M., Nyström, M. and Gergel, S.E., 2017. Regime Shifts and Spatial Resilience in a Coral Reef Seascape. In Learning Landscape Ecology (pp. 301-322). Springer New York. 

Vincent, A. C., & Foster, S. J. (2017). Setting Precedent in Export Regulations for Marine Fishes with Seahorses. Fisheries42(1), 40-43.

Zhang, X., & A.C.J. Vincent. 2017. Integrating multiple datasets with species distribution models to inform conservation of the poorly-recorded Chinese seahorses. Biological Conservation, 211, 161-171.

Aylesworth, L., Lawson, J.M., Laksanawimol, P., Ferber, P., & Loh, T.L. 2016. New records of the Japanese seahorse Hippocampus mohnikei in Southeast Asia lead to updates in range, habitat and threats. Journal of fish biology. 88, 1620–1630

More of our publications here

Project Seahorse @20

We are so proud to have recently celebrated our 20th anniversary and we reflect on what we have accomplished in a short retrospective. 

Click here to view it.







 
A newly discovered seahorse species

A new species of seahorse, Hippocampus casscsio (no, that’s not a typo!) was collected in the shallow seagrass beds of Beibu Bay in China. That brings the number of recognised seahorse species to 42. The name represents the acronym for the Chinese Academy of Sciences South China Sea Institute of Oceanography.
Congratulations to our new Doctors of Philosophy of Science

Lindsay Aylesworth defended her thesis “Developing conservation action for data-poor species using seahorses as a case study ” in November 2016 and Jennifer Selgrath defended her thesis "Quantifying the development of small-scale fisheries on coral reefs, and their impact on habitats" in June 2017.  We will continue working with both closely, even as they also forge ahead with their broad interests in marine conservation.
Tweeting on World Oceans Day

On World Oceans Day we highlighted, on Twitter, how we are securing a world where marine ecosystems are healthy and well-managed. We then storified our World Oceans Day Twitter essay. 

Check it out here
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