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The Project Seahorse Newsletter   Fall 2017

Small-scale fisheries have big impact on ocean


“We found that the influence from small-scale fisheries is far from small,” said Jennifer Selgrath, lead author who completed the research as a PhD student with Project Seahorse. “In our case study in the Philippines, we found that the fisheries have become unsustainable because there are so many people trying to catch a limited number of fish and invertebrates.”  Read all about it here and listen to Jennifer talk to Simi Sara on CKNW about this study. 

Enhancing citizen science

Have you seen a seahorse in the wild? Well, now you can log your observation at our new, improved website.  You can also explore other contributors' seahorse observations and data, maps and beautiful photos.  You can also get expert help in identifying "your seahorse" and, most importantly, you can take action for seahorse conservation!  

We would love to know what you think of our new site and if you encounter any issues. Contact us at

Amanda in the field all year

Our Director, Prof. Amanda Vincent, is spending an exciting sabbatical year away from UBC on active conservation.  She is travelling (with her kids) to support Project Seahorse people and endeavours… and is loving it.

Here are some highlights:

1 September to 15 October:  India for work on bottom trawling with our PhD student Tanvi Vaidyanathan.  This involved surve
ying fishing ports in Tamil Nadu, discussing concerns with Indian colleagues and agencies, and developing early responses to trawl pressure. She also gave the opening keynote address at the Student Conference on Conservation Science in Bengaluru.  

16 October to 15 November: Chile and Patagonia to attend a think tank (of the Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation), support pioneering work on Patagonia’s seahorses, visit a rewilding project, and spend time with marine wildlife.

16 November to 20 December: China for work on marine protected areas and seahorse conservation with our PhD student Xiong Zhang.  They are making site visits, meeting with government, and helping train Chinese colleagues.

Next up… South Africa and France. 

Watch our blog space for updates on her many adventures.  

iSeahorse featured observations

Did you know that every month we feature a seahorse observation from those submitted to iSeahorse. 
You can see them all here.

Another wonderful seahorse

A new species of seahorse, Hippocampus haema, the Korean seahorse was recently described.  It is found in the Korea Strait, western Kyushu, and East/Japan Sea. That now brings the number of seahorse species to 43
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Tweet, tweet...

Everyone loves seahorses! Our seahorse alphabet has been very popular on Twitter. Check out #SeahorseAlphabet on our Twitter feed @projectseahorse to see a multitude of seahorses and their relatives… 
Did you miss it?

We recently celebrated our 20th anniversary and we reflected on what we have accomplished in a short retrospective. 
Click here to view it.  

New PS manuscripts

Aylesworth, L., Phoonsawat, R. and A.C.J. Vincent. 2017. Effects of indiscriminate fisheries on a group of small data-poor species in Thailand. ICES Journal of Marine Science

Foster, S.J., Aylesworth, L., Do, H.H., Bat, N.K., and Vincent, A.C.J. 2017. Seahorse exploitation and trade in Viet Nam. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 25(2): 50pp.

Selgrath, J.C., S.E. Gergel and A.C.J. Vincent. 2017. Incorporating spatial dynamics greatly improves estimates of fishing pressure: Long-term participatory mapping of coral reef fisheries. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 

Stocks, A. P., S.J. Foster, N.K. Bat and A.C.J. Vincent. 2017. Catch as catch can: Targeted and indiscriminate small-scale fishing of seahorses in Vietnam. Fisheries Research 196:27-33.

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