SEAHORSES AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
The growing demand for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has put seahorses at risk for
extinction. South East Asia and West Africa are the biggest seahorse trading exports – 37 million
are caught in the wild every year. Seahorses are dried, sold, then mixed with herbs and boiled as
tea for curing certain ailments – although none have been supported by scientific evidence.
Additionally, fishing gear such as crab nets, trawl nets, and gill nets capture and kill seahorses by
accident. When fisherman throw these nets in the ocean, the nets catch everything in its path;
including coral reefs and seagrass where these seahorses live! Eleven species of seahorses has
dropped by thirty and fifty percent over the past fifteen years. Captive breeding is the process of
maintaining animals in controlled environments (zoos, wildlife reserves, conservation facilities)
and may be a solution to help the future of these species.
Visit projectseahorse.org to learn how you can help