About Project Seahorse
What is Project Seahorse?
An international, non-profit organisation aimed to protect and conservate seahorses and their habitats, the oceans. Seahorses function as flagship species for a wide range of marine conservation projects. These magical but fragile creatures are a good indicatorof healthy coastal ecosystems.
This project was founded by Dr. Amanda Vincent (Director, Univ. British Columbia) and Heather Koldewey (Field Conservation Mgr., Zoological Society London) in 1996.
Over the past 16 years, Guylian has been Project Seahorse's major sponsor, providing € 1,4 million in support for their programs. This long term engagement was recognized with the Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2015, handed out by the Royal Belgian Committee for Distribution. The prize rewards companies who give back to the planet and community with a unique and long-lasting corporate social responsibility engagement.
What Project Seahorse does
Guylian shares in many of Project Seahorse’ biggest conservation successes:
The creation of dozens of marine protected areas in the Philippines
The publication of important biological studies of seahorses
The establishment of landmark trade protections for seahorses and marine fishes under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
The iSeahorse smartphone app and website is their most recent accomplishment, enabling anyone who sees a seahorse in the wild to upload their sighting. This citizen science tool gives Project Seahorse key information about seahorse populations around the world to help increase protections for them.
Not only do we make a financial contribution, we also help spread the word about seahorses and conservation by the millions of boxes sold worldwide every year. Guylian’s Seahorses of the World photo competition has, since 2005, brought together hundreds of wildlife photographers and their beautiful images to help promote seahorse conservation.