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Aquaculture Studies 2012, Vol 12, Num, 2     (Pages: 024-031)

Current Status of Protected Populations Seahorses in our country and the world's seas

İlkay ÖZCAN AKPINAR 1

1 Su Ürünleri Merkez Araştırma Enstitüsü Müdürlüğü, Vali Adil Yazar Cad. No:14, Kaşüstü, Yomra, Trabzon DOI : 10.17693/yunusae.v2012i21909.235439 Viewed : 1210 - Downloaded : 1253 Seahorse, believed that evolved 40 million years ago, have drawn big attention with its idiosyncratic body forms and reproductive peculiarities. They are mainly found in shallow tropical and temperate waters throughout the world. There is insuffient information to make an assessment about risk of extinction. Though the population is unknown lack of information about how much is caught as bycatch or collected to be used as souvenir or raw material for dryes. Since seahorse populations are thought to have been endangered in recent years, they have been included in protected list by IUCN and CITES. Three species live in coast of our country; Hippocampus hippocampus, H. Fuscus, H. guttulatus. Keywords : Hippocampus hippocampus, H.guttulatus, H.fuscus, seahorse