The plight of Indian sea horses: Need for conservation and management
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The increasing demand for seahorses in Asian traditional medicines, tonic food aphrodisiacs, as aquarium fishes, souvenirs and curios are concomitant with a decline in capture fisheries and destruction of habitats. The exploitation of seahorses along the Indian coast in the last decade has been alarming. Conservation and management are currently limited by the absence of data on the abundance and distribution of seahorses species in the region. This paper highlights the plight of Indian seahorses and the proactive initiatives taken by the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, India for their conservation and management. Seahorses could serve as a popular flagship species for engendering support for general concerns in marine conservation and sustainable management.
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