Help Protect Delicate Dwarf Seahorses
  • Petitioning National Marine FIsheries Service

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National Marine FIsheries Service

Help Protect Delicate Dwarf Seahorses

    1. Petition by

      Center for Biological Diversity

In response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity, the National Marine Fisheries Service has agreed that the dwarf seahorse may warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act and is accepting comments until July 3 before making a decision. We will compile and submit these comments then, but please continue to sign and share after this comment period because it's important to show the decision makers that people are keeping an eye on this issue.

The smallest seahorse in America, the dwarf seahorse faces big problems: water quality degradation in the Gulf of Mexico, pollution from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and cleanup and, most importantly, loss of their seagrass habitat.

Dwarf seahorses are habitat specialists, so as seagrasses disappear the seahorses vanish with them. More than 50 percent of Florida seagrasses have been destroyed since 1950, and in some areas losses are as steep as 90 percent. These one-inch-long fish are not the only wildlife that depends on seagrass to survive, but they are the cutest.

Dwarf seahorses form monogamous pair bonds, and every morning they meet to perform a greeting dance. As with other seahorses, females place scores of eggs inside the males’ pouches, and the males then give birth to even tinier versions of adults. Boat propellers, shrimp trawlers and ocean acidification are all harming the seagrass these delicate animals need to survive.

Please take a moment right now to write to the Fisheries Service and tell it to grant dwarf seahorses the protection they so dearly need.

You can learn more about dwarf seahorses and the challenges they face here. Photo courtesy of Jeff Jeffords, find more at divegallery.com.

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    News

    1. Philadelphia Inquirer profile of Change.org includes seahorse campaign

      In a recent profile of Change.org and campaigns run on the site, GreenSpace writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote:

      "The Center for Biological Diversity uses Change.org as a complement to its other scientific and legal advocacy on endangered species issues. Its latest pstition urges protection for the dwarf seahorse, and as of last week, 100,580 people had signed.

      There's value in demonstrating public support, ” said Center spokesman Mike Stark. "It used to be done in town hall meetings, stacks of letters of phone calls. This is simply another way to channel those voices and broadcast them to those who are making decisions.""

    2. Reached 100,000 signatures
    3. Help save the American seahorses

      Mother Nature Network posted a blog about this issue which begins with a question: "Seriously, is there anyone out there who is a seahorse hater?"

    4. Reached 75,000 signatures

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    • Sarah Thiemann LOUISVILLE, KY
      • 10 days ago

      We seem to be proficient at killing off the biodiversity. It would be nice if we were on the right side for once.

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    • Morgan Hoover MARYLAND, MD
      • 20 days ago

      We need to stop species extinction.

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    • Sara Koziol JOLIET, IL
      • about 1 month ago

      All animals deserve to LIVE in peaceful harmony.

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    • PETER STEWART GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA
      • about 1 month ago

      I support any movements to safeguard the animals on this planet

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    • john bias SALT LAKE CITY, UT
      • about 1 month ago

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