Like many other coastal marine animals, seahorses are threatened by harmful fishing practices and habitat loss. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists eight seahorse species as threatened. Most others are too poorly known to allow assessment. Their global range and chameleon-like ability to blend in with their marine habitats make them particularly difficult to track.
Seahorses: A key to understanding our planet’s reproductive ecology
Seahorse are important predators on bottom-dwelling organisms; removing them may disrupt ecosystems. Their unusal life history — only the male becomes pregnant and pairs are monogamous in many species — offers an opportunity to explore our understanding of reproductive ecology. Their use in traditional medicine, aquarium displays, and as curios means they are much traded.
Project Seahorse: Global experts on seahorse biology
Led by award-winning scientists Dr. Amanda Vincent and Dr. Heather Koldewey, Project Seahorse has pioneered the study of seahorses in the wild. With 25 years of global expertise, we protect these important animals and increase scientific understanding of their biology, life history, taxonomy, trade, and threats.