Scientists are building 'hotels' to save Australia's only threatened seahorse

Mail Online | 12/6/2019 | Stacy Liberatore For Dailymail.com
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The White's seahorse is deemed Australia's only threatened seahorse species and the second endangered species worldwide.

In an attempt to recover declining populations, researchers are designing seahorse hotels that will start as artificial habitats and grow into natural ones.

Project - Juveniles - Wild

The project will protect juveniles while they mature, while also acclimating them into the wild.

The new breeding and conservation was developed by SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium in collaboration with a suite of organizations including the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) who are the two main partners.

Robbie - McCracken - Aquarist - Seahorse - Expert

Robbie McCracken, Aquarist and Seahorse Expert at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is leading the project and commented, 'I'm thrilled with the progress of the breeding project to date.'

'White's seahorse is an interesting animal and sadly, largely due to natural habitat loss, this species is now classified as endangered.'

Aim - Recovery - Species - Installation - Hotels

The long-term aim is to support the overall recovery of the species with the installation of seahorse hotels in Sydney Harbour which will encourage the recovery and ongoing breeding of White's seahorse given so much of their natural seagrass, sponge and soft coral habitat has disappeared.

Dr. David Harasti, Senior Marine Scientist with DPI Fisheries, has over a decade of experience working with seahorses and will oversee the release and follow-up and said, 'One of the key aspects of this project is that we will be implementing a monitoring program to assess how the babies go once they are released back into the wild.

'This - Lots - Surveys - Seahorse - Release

'This will involve lots of diving surveys at the seahorse release sites...
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