Few and Far Between by Charlie Elder
Dear all, just to let you know trust friend and author Charlie Elder has his new book Few and Far Between coming out next month. Charlie spent some fun and frustrating times with us trying to see Spiny Seahorses at Studland Bay and I am pleased to say in the end we achieved it.
Succes in getting seahorses confiscated
Dear all, with Agent K and volunteers working for our illegal trade team we can now reveal that we, in co-operation with the Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) from Devon and Cornwall Police have just stopped a shop in Brixham, Devon from selling dead seahorses. After a tip off from one of our amazing volunteers we reported to the WCU that this Shop in Brixham was selling dried, dead seahorses. The WCU reacted very quickly and raided the shop, recovering 10,000 plus dead seahorses, sea moths, a shark, shark bits, a crocodile, coral and a number of other species.
We then acted as the experts with others to identify the seahorses and others species and last week it went to court. The outcome was partially successful in that the shop owner was cautioned and the CITES listed species (all the seahorses) were confiscated. Sadly the shop owner was not fined or jailed and he kept the non-CITES species but we truly hope this is a wake-up call for him and others in this trade.
There are so many shops (including others in Brixham that we are watching) that participate in this horrendous trade and we are launching our Stop the Curio Trade Campaign soon to try and stop this trade and educate others about it.
All around our coastline and inland are shops selling a wide variety of curios (marine and terrestrial) which the public think are legal to buy because they are on sale, when in fact like the seahorses they are illegal to sell and buy.
We would like to thank the officers involved in the WCU (who we will not name for obvious reasons) especially for their incredibly quick response. All of this at a time when the WCU is being closed down and/or restricted to one officer for the whole of the Devon and Cornwall area, which is shocking. Wildlife Crime here in the South West and the rest of the country is rising rapidly and I encourage you to write to the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police and ask him to change his mind over this.
After our success with E-bay and now this prosecution please keep an eye out for our Stop the Curio Trade coming in the next few months and thank you so much to everyone involved.
Thank you Alice
Thank you so much to Alice from Little Alice Crafts who has just made a donation of £26 to the trust and its work and thank you to you all who bought some of her amazing craft work. Alice's work is extremely beautiful and so intricately made THANK YOU
Please vote for us
Please vote for us
We have been short listed for funding our project at Studland Bay in Dorset by the European Outdoor Conservation Association but it needs your vote to make it happen. Please could you vote for us so that we can get funding to continue with our inportant research and education work with the seahorses of Studland Bay, there never has been a more important time to do this
Please click on this link and scroll down the page and then vote for our project. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Marc Roberts and friends in concert for the trust
Marc Roberts and his friends are putting on a concert for The Seahorse Trust in April, please support this amazing gig, thank you.
PLease support of petition
Plaese support our petition to persaude DEFRA to reverse their decision not to include Studland bay into the Marine Conservation Zone process.
Since the petition started we have attracred over 50,000 signatures and now the Wildlife trusts have offered to Tweet it out to their 600,000 members.
Your can sign the petition at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/208/992/778/reverse-the-decision-on-the-studland-bay-mcz/
Or you can access it through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/106564446031865/