What We Do

Program Spotlight

Human activity can threaten the balance between organisms and their environment. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are an important conservation tool for protecting marine ecosystems from overfishing and habitat loss. Project Seahorse has been leading MPA research and implementation for over a decade.

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$20 could help to purchase equipment for seahorse and habitat research

$500 could train local community members to protect marine species in their local areas, improving food security.

$5000 could construct a guardhouse for a fishing community to protect a marine reserve from illegal fishing.

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Staff Spotlight

PhD Candidate

Project Seahorse does cutting-edge marine conservation 

We are a marine conservation group dedicated to securing a world where marine ecosystems are healthy and well-managed. Led by Dr. Amanda Vincent and Dr. Heather Koldewey, both global experts on seahorse conservation, we have received many international awards and honours, including the Rolex Award for Enterprise and the Whitley Award in Animal Conservation.

Onion world diagramBy working to protect seahorses, Project Seahorse supports marine conservation more broadly. We generate cutting-edge research and turn our findings into highly effective conservation interventions — usually in collaboration with other researchers, governments, and local communities.

A holistic approach to conservation

We find 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.

Through our work, we:

A small organization that achieves big results

Our 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 34 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.

You can read more about our history here.

We need your support

Project 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, and bycatch. Find out how you can help.

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