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State of seahorse fisheries in India, nearly two decades after they were banned

Implementing a ban on fishing specific taxa is difficult enough without the added complexity of the taxa being primarily obtained as incidental catch. Most measures for restricting capture and trade to sustainable levels are directed towards targeted species, while overlooking the needs of incidentally caught species. Our study investigates the exploitation and conservation of seahorses … Read more State of seahorse fisheries in India, nearly two decades after they were banned

Holding governments accountable for their commitments: CITES Review of Significant Trade for a very high-volume taxon

Highlights CITES Review of Significant Trade (RST) is not improving implementation as intended. Our seahorse work shows that CITES needs to make five improvements to RST: Move beyond requesting outputs (e.g. reports) to recommend meaningful action. Scrutinize and track export suspensions declared during the process. Formally involve species experts, and fund such experts. Abstract Actions … Read more Holding governments accountable for their commitments: CITES Review of Significant Trade for a very high-volume taxon

Catch and trade bans for seahorses can be negated by non‐selective fisheries

All seahorse species (genus Hippocampus) are listed under Schedule I of India’s Wild Life Protection Act, making all capture and trade of seahorses illegal. In the more than 15 years since the ban, little work has been done to assess its effects on seahorse conservation. Between 2015 and 2017, fisheries and trade surveys were conducted … Read more Catch and trade bans for seahorses can be negated by non‐selective fisheries

The catch and trade of seahorses in India pre-ban

Abstract: The first extensive seahorse trade surveys undertaken in India, during 1999, take on tremendous importance in light of subsequent changes in management of seahorse fisheries and trade. As these early surveys have never been published, we now present our findings. We gathered information from 325 interviews on the biology, fisheries, and trade of seahorses, … Read more The catch and trade of seahorses in India pre-ban

Realities of offering advice to governments on CITES

Article impact statement: Only when conservationists consider the perspective of government can they realize implementing their own advice is not as easy as it sounds. Abstract: What happens when those who provide conservation advice are required to take policy and management action based on that advice? Conservation advocates and scientists often try to prompt regulatory … Read more Realities of offering advice to governments on CITES

The catch and trade of seahorses in the Philippines post-CITES

Abstract The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora decided to implement export controls for all seahorses in 2002 to ensure international trade is sustainable, legal and monitored. The Philippines, however, has not implemented the listing because their domestic Fisheries Code banned the extraction of any CITES listed marine species, … Read more The catch and trade of seahorses in the Philippines post-CITES

Global seahorse trade defies export bans under CITES action and national legislation

Abstract Illegal trade undermines efforts to achieve sustainable use of wildlife, including marine fishes. This study investigated the illegal trade of seahorses, among the first taxa of marine fishes to come under global trade restrictions. Seahorses are listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora … Read more Global seahorse trade defies export bans under CITES action and national legislation

Changes in the trade of bycatch species corresponding to CITES regulations: the case of dried seahorse trade in Thailand.

Abstract Exploitation for trade is one of the biggest threats to many species, especially for marine fishes. Trade regulations should, therefore, be effective in helping conserve marine fish populations. The Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), one of the few multilateral environmental agreements with enforcement capacity, has embraced … Read more Changes in the trade of bycatch species corresponding to CITES regulations: the case of dried seahorse trade in Thailand.

Seahorse exploitation and trade in Viet Nam

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) decided to implement export controls for all seahorses in 2002, the first such controls for any marine fishes. Viet Nam had difficulties implementing CITES regulations and was eventually subject to an export trade suspension in 2013. To help address gaps in … Read more Seahorse exploitation and trade in Viet Nam