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  • Saving Meloy - Hambongan Islands RARE Pride Campaign

    Like Saving Nemo, the Disney film with a lovable clown fish – Meloy is the mascot of the Hambongan Island RARE Pride Campaign. He is a Phanter Grouper – a fish that belongs to a vulnerable group of species that lives in the local reefs. The fish are used for food and are popular with those who are aquarium hobbyists. As a result, the numbers of Phanter Grouper have gone down dramatically.

    Meloy was chosen because he is a signature fish of the region and I have to admit, for a fish, he is very cute. Since 1997, Inabanga has been working with fish wardens, coastal police, and barangay tan ...

  • Conservation Project To Save Seahorses

    Nights spell danger for the tiny seahorse, the colourful but naive denizen of the Philippines' coral reefs.

    Here on the southern edge of Danajon Bank in Handumon, Philippines, fishermen dragging tiny boats lit with gas-fed lamps wade through the mangrove-shrouded coast into the shallows, hunting for the exotic fish whose camouflage is easily exposed by the light.

    The lantern boats are the basic infrastructure of a multi-billion-dollar global trade in seahorses, which end up in curio shops or aquariums across Europe and North America.

    But most are dried and powdered as an organic Viagr ...

  • Saving The Seahorse From The Pet Shop And Viagra Set

    Nights spell danger for the tiny seahorse, the colorful but naive denizen of the Philippines' coral reefs.

    Here on the southern edge of Danajon Bank, fishermen dragging tiny boats lit with gas-fed lamps wade through the mangrove-shrouded coast into the shallows hunting for the exotic fish whose camouflage is easily exposed by the light.

    The lantern boats are the basic infrastructure of a multi-billion-dollar global trade in seahorses, which end up in curio shops or aquariums across Europe and North America.

    But most are dried and powdered as an organic Viagra or impotence cure for the ...

  • Saving Seahorses

    Biology professor Amanda Vincent finds herself in pretty exclusive company these days. The world's top seahorse expert, Vincent has just been named one of five winners of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, a coveted prize that carries with it a cash award of $50,000 U.S.

    Established in 1976 by the company famous for its very expensive watches (part of Vincent's award is a gold Rolex chronometer), the prizes are presented every three years to individuals "seeking to break new ground in areas that advance human knowledge and well-being."

    The other Rolex Laureates, all of them either scientis ...

  • Researchers Spur Sea Horse Conservation

    Sea horses, the small, equine-looking marine fishes found in coastal habitats, are threatened by their popularity with practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, aquarists and the habitat disruptions caused by coastal fisheries.

    On Wednesday, marine biologists and aquarium experts from around the world wrapped up a meeting at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Ill., where they worked out ways to coordinate their research efforts on the care and management of sea horses.

    The experts hope to conserve this unique genus before each of the 32 species are listed as endangered and subject to st ...

  • Rolex Recognizes Scientist For Seahorse Conservation Work

    For 22 years, the Rolex corporation has awarded the Rolex Awards for Enterprise to individuals whose efforts expand knowledge of the world, improve the quality of life on the planet or contribute to the betterment of mankind. The Awards include a $50,000 prize and, of course, a gold Rolex chronometer. The five 1998 winners included Amanda Vincent, whose work is described here.

    First drawn to study seahorses by their unusual way of reproducing - it is the male of the species that gets pregnant and gives birth - biologist Dr. Amanda Vincent has spent more than a decade trying to save these hi ...