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How Ocean Rider Is Fighting to Save Seahorses

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Ocean Rider, as part of their Seahorse Hawaii Foundation efforts, announced late last year that it was going to be reintroducing seahorses back into the wild in a few locations. On the surface, this sounds like a great step towards conservation. Reintroduction programs are very popular with the public, and who wouldn’t want seahorses reestablished in the wild? Unfortunately, these types of reintroduction programs have limited success, and can actually do more harm than good. It is true that seahorses are at risk from overfishing. But they haven’t disappeared from the wild, making programs to reestablish them moot. Reintroduction programs are generally only beneficial in places that a species has been wiped out completely, and only when the conditions that caused their decline are reversed. Seahorses are still found all over the world, no single species lost from it’s native range. Nor are any critically endangered, for that matter. The sad truth is that the Seahorse Hawaii Foundation’s reintroduction program is ill-advised and unnecessary, and potentially harmful. More: How Ocean Rider Is Fighting to Save Seahorses, and Why That Might Be A Terrible IdeaMore:

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Seahorse Canada: Canadian Seahorses At Last!

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A flirty pair of seahorses from Seahorse Canada. Canadians have long had trouble getting true captive bred seahorses. CITES has had the unfortunate side effect of restricting access to Captive Bred seahorses to Canada, and while a few overseas companies do ship across the border, it’s a difficult process. No more! Seahorse Canada has recently opened it’s doors, specializing in captive bred seahorses. Their first offering is the Lined Seahorse Hippocampus erectus. H. erectus are considered the hardiest of the seahorses, making this an excellent first offering. This is doubly good news, as many of the tank raised seahorses that make it into Canada tend to species that are more difficult to keep. A beautiful group of Lined Seahorses showing long cirri, the fleshy growths that help them blend into algal environments. And did I mention they’re true More: Seahorse Canada: Canadian Seahorses At Last!More:

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iSeahorse Launches to Track Seahorse Sightings

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Are you a diver? Or perhaps just near the ocean and have the occasional sighting of seahorses in the wild? Project Seahorse launches iSeahorse.org to track seahorses spotted around the globe. And they have an iphone app for those world travelers on the go. This is citizen science at it’s best, and a great opportunity to help understand the biology of seahorses along with population information that can be used in confirmation efforts. Heather Koldewey writes; Dear friends and colleagues, We have some exciting news: Today marks the launch of iSeahorse, a brand-new citizen science initiative that allows anyone, anywhere in the world to contribute to seahorse science and conservation with just a few clicks of a mouse or taps on a smartphone. A collaboration among University of British Columbia, Zoological Society of London, John G. Shedd Aquarium, and partners all over the world, iSeahorse allows you to share your seahorse observation anytime you spot one of these mysterious and threatened animals in the wild. Scientists from Project Seahorse and the iSeahorse network will use your vital information to better understand seahorse behaviour, species ranges, and the threats seahorses face. We will use this knowledge to improve seahorse conservation across the globe. Whether you’re a diver More: iSeahorse Launches to Track Seahorse SightingsMore:

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CORAL Featured Video: The Tiniest Seahorses

 A fabulous must-see video by CORAL photographers Denise Nielsen Tackett and Larry Tackett posted by Wakatobi Dive Resort and narrated by Denise herself. Includes never-before-seen live birth of pygmy seahorses. Denise is reputed to have exceptional “critter eyes” and the ability to spot tiny organisms on the reef. She was honored in the naming of Hippocampus denise, Denise’s Pygmy Seahorse, for having been the first to find and photograph this species. MORE: CORAL Featured Video: The Tiniest SeahorsesMore:

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Fish of MACNA (and free reefs.com wallpaper!)

featured10 Fish of MACNA (and free reefs.com wallpaper!)Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (or MACNA as we called) in Dallas welcomed some exciting new announcements from leading aquarium industry companies, but as you may suspect, MACNA is not only about new equipment. There were many beautiful tanks teeming with reef life on display and this two part photo article  aim to show you some of the most remarkable fish and invertebrates I managed to capture at the show. Plus, there’s a little freebie for reefs.com blog readers at the end of this article. Enjoy! … More:

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