Protecting Spain’s Seahorses

Asociación Hippocampus

In keeping with our motto of ‘Working in partnership with nature’ we work with Asociación Hippocampus in Spain through our Seahorse Alliance, which is a loose group of seahorse projects around the world all working with the same aim of protecting and conserving seahorses for the future.

Our Mission

Our mission is to raise awareness about coastal and marine habitat protection through research and monitoring the Spiny Seahorses (Hippocampus guttulatus) population, which is considered a flagship species in the Mar Menor Coastal lagoon.

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Our Vision

Our vision is to implement a wider coastal, marine and underwater conservation multi-sector strategy. This will include legally-binding conservation management plans, to also prescribe to the nationally
endorsed long-term monitoring of the marine habitats and species that are critically at risk in a Natura 2000 site, like Mar Menor, Murcia, in South East Spain, where the project is based.

Our main activities have been fishermen cooperatives, media and visitor awareness campaigns, long-term marine habitat and species monitoring, data seahorse networking, and environmental marine education for locals and visitors.

Outcomes of the Project

1     After a local fishermen awareness campaign, fishermen are now sharing historical data from seahorse fishing.

2    At least two fishermen’s cooperatives for Murcia Region ( Mar Menor and Cartagena) are more aware about seahorse conservation initiatives.

3    They have a seahorse survey running, based around volunteers taking part.

4     The general public, other organizations and individuals are asking to participate with Hippocampus Association to help in their work.

5     They have been invited to join FARNET EU initiative for community-led local development with fisheries local action groups up to 2020.

6     Three national and international organizations (The Seahorse Trust UK, Kenna Eco-Diving centre / Cataluña and CUASS Seville) are linked with us
for sharing data and working together in new projects.

7     A new video about Asociacion Hippocampus has been recently released mentioning their work.

The three pictures on this section have been taken and are copyright of the volunteer divers of the Asociación Hippocampus.

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