Kealan Doyle (Founder)
Save Our Seahorse Founder, Kealan Doyle is a conservationist who has worked for many years in the cultivation and conservation of seahorses. He has worked with seahorses over the last 20 years primarily in the Indo Pacific and South America where seahorses are actively fished. He has had a passion and love for seahorses from an early age and has used this passion and love to set up Save Our Seahorses.SOS was put together by Kealan Doyle or as many like to call him the Seahorse Man. Kealan, a highly experienced marine biologist and dedicated conservationist. Kealan has succeeeded with seahorse cultivation where so many others has failed.
In a new documentary called The Seahorse Man, Kealan Doyle highlights for the first time the bleak future for seahorses globally. The Seahorse Man, which was filmed over many years in collaboration with The Seahorse Trust, has been sold around the world. Save Our Seahorses plans to use the documentary as a spring board to launch its campaign to a global audience. An eight minute version of the film is being shown on 93% of all domestic flights in China which aims to discourage the use of seahorse productsYou can see this video on You Tube at http://youtu.be/F3QnbFTNzgQ
Set up in 2000 it is a conservation, not for profit charity, The Seahorse Trust (registered number 1086027) carries on the work of its founder who has worked with seahorses for over 30 years and who has closed the life cycle of 22 species of seahorses and advises on projects and to governments and individuals on seahorse conservation all around the world. The ethos of the trust is to ‘work in partnership with nature’ and they do this by working in partnership with people like Kealan and others such as the SEALIFE group of aquariums, Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC), Save Our Seahorses in Malaysia and many others around the world. Only by working together can we all make difference, time is running out and unless we do something about it now, it will be too late.
THERE MUST BE CHANGES TO FISHING LAWS
Current fishing practises are detrimental to the survival of seahorses. We are campaigning for changes in fishing laws to better protect the wild populations of seahorses. Our research shows that up to 100% of males fished are pregnant – if simply held for several days in sea cages and allowed to give birth; this would have a significant positive effect on the wild population and would at least give seahorses more of a fighting chance of survival. this would also give the indigenous fishers an income for the future; at present they are set to exterminate the seahorse from the wild within the next 20 to 30 years.
Create awareness of the plight of the Seahorse and encourage alternatives to the use of seahorses in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We are able to deliver multimedia campaigns and documentaries that target millions of people worldwide, this really creates a larger interest in Seahorses and the visual components of films and footage gives people a real view on why Seahorses should be protected.
One of the most well known and effective methods in conservation is the introduction of reserves. It has been proven repeatedly both in terrestrial and marine reserves that after time ecosystems return to their natural state. Marine reserves would also encourage ecotourism; this would not only spread the word on the problem of dwindling seahorse numbers but also be a source of income for locals. In partnership with Marine Conservation Cambodia, the Cambodian Government and Projects Abroad we are working in Southern Cambodia to set up just such a project.
Rewilding the oceans:
CAMBODIA RESTORE THE NATURAL SEABED TO BRING BACK THE SPECIES
It is vital we rebuild our ocean eco-systems by rewilding devastated areas. rewilding is a concept that is sweeping the world and has mainly been done on land, however through the hard work of everyone at Marine Conservation Cambodia (MCC) in the project in Cambodia there are moves going ahead to restore (rewild) the seabed to bring back all the species big and small that should live there. The evidence is already showing that around the project site at Koh Rong Samleon Island the seabed is restoring itself and species are returning, this is the only way forward to preserve the planet for the future.
Save Our Seahorses Campaign Website
BECOME A PART OF OUR SEAHORSE ALLIANCE
We strongly believe in partnerships in conservation and with this in mind we are setting up the Seahorse Alliance which will bring together Individuals, projects, organisations and governments from around the world to come together to work as a group to preserve the marine environment using the seahorses as its enigmatic symbol. The Seahorse Alliance, the first of its kind in the world and will:-
- Form partnerships around the world
- Give advice to governments and individuals alike
- Assist with captive breeding projects on a subsistence and higher level
- Advise marine researchers around the world
- Set up partnerships with other conservation organisations working with other species such as corals for Conservation
- Study seahorses in the wild, to learn more about them
- Aim to work to restore, conserve and protect habitats around the world for the benefit of all species, using the enigmatic seahorses as the flagship species.