Clean Up Fisheries
Impacts of Fisheries

Impacts of Fisheries

Project Seahorse promotes fishing practices that consider impacts on marine animals and ecosystems as well as human coastal communities. Finding a balance requires biological and socioeconomic knowledge and integration of research findings with marine management.

To date we have motivated the Queensland (Australia) government to set up a fisheries observer system to track incidental capture of syngnathids in shrimp trawls; developed guidelines for Queensland shrimp trawler captains to avoid catching syngnathids; and published the first studies of seahorse capture in trawl fishing gear.

Other projects include:

  • Investigation of bycatch in tropical shrimp fisheries, which are believed to be a major cause of populations declines of many species, including seahorses (Mexico)
  • Analysis of bycatch of syngnathids in major Australian fisheries - catch composition, abundance, habitat associations and trade (Australia). 

Program publications

Foster, S.J. and A.C.J. Vincent (2010) Tropical shrimp trawl fisheries: Fishers' knowledge of and attitudes about a doomed fishery. Marine Policy 34: 437-446 DOI:10.1016/j.marpol.2009.09.010

Foster, S.J. and A.C.J. Vincent (2010) Using life history to assess potential for shrimp trawl impacts on small fishes. Journal of Fish Biology 76(10): 2434-2454 DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2010.02631.x

Perry, A. L., K. E. Lunn, and A. C. J. Vincent (2010) Fisheries, large-scale trade, and conservation of seahorses in Malaysia and Thailand. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 20:464-475

Baum, J.K., J.J. Meeuwig and A.C.J. Vincent (2003) Bycatch of lined seahorses (Hippocampus erectus) in a Gulf of Mexico shrimp trawl fishery. Fishery Bulletin 101(4):721-731 


14 May 2014 / Posted by rbestbier

When the sun goes down in the Central Philippines the reefs come alive as crabs, snails, cuttlefish and other creature emerge from hiding. Meet the marine creatures that crowd the reefs at night and the fishers who collect them.
(All photographs by Kyle Gillespie/Project Seahorse)

The village of Bilang-bilangan West is several miles off the west coast of Bohol. Fishing is a major source of food and income. Several of these boats will set out for the reefs as the sun goes down as creatures like crabs and squid emerge.