An uncertain future for seahorse aquaculture in conservation and economic contexts
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Seahorses (family Syngnathidae, genus Hippocampus) have set precedents globally. They were among the first marine fishes of commercial importance to be listed on both the IUCN Red List and CITES Appendix II. Overfishing and non-selective fishing are two agents in their depletion, so management is clearly needed. We here outline what is known about these fishes and their trade, before considering the potential role the culture and release could play in rebuilding wild populations.
Vincent, A. C. J., & Koldewey, H. J. (2006). An uncertain future for seahorse aquaculture in conservation and economic contexts. In J. H. Primavera, E. T. Quinitio, & M. R. R. Eguia (Eds.), Proceedings of the Regional Technical Consultation on Stock Enhancement for Threatened Species of International Concern, Iloilo City, Philippines, 13-15 July 2005 (pp. 71-84). Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines: Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center. http://hdl.handle.net/10862/2935
PublisherAquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center
Marine fish; Marine fisheries; Marine organisms; Tropical fish; Marine aquaculture; Resource conservation; Aquaculture economics; Aquaculture development; Stock assessment; Stocks; Depleted stocks; Hippocampus barbouri; Hippocampus erectus; Hippocampus fisheri; Hippocampus fuscus; Hippocampus histrix; Hippocampus ingens; Hippocampus kuda; Hippocampus mohneki; Hippocampus reidi; Hippocampus trimaculatus; Hippocampus abdominalis; Hippocampus breviceps; Hippocampus capensis; Hippocampus whitei; Hippocampus zosterae; Hippocampus guttulatus
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