Threats to seahorses include:
  • Legal and illegal trade for display in aquariums. Over 20 million seahorses are estimated to be traded for Chinese medicine. Hundreds of thousands are sold for aquarium trade primarily in North America.

  • By catch in shrimp trawlers in Florida, Mexico, Central America and South America.

  • Destruction and degradation of habitat due to marine pollution, coral reef destruction and land based deforestation.

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