Marine conservationists from Project Seahorse (PS) and ZSL Philippines (AZL) today launched iSeahorse, a public conservation project that could lead to new discoveries about one of the Philippines’ most mysterious and threatened animals —Seahorses.
The iPhone app and website, dubbed as “tools for the citizen science,” encourage the general population to take part in the conservation of seahorses and their environment. Anyone can help by simply sharing their photos and information of a Seahorse sighting by logging in at the project’s website: www.iseahorse.org or download the FREE iOS App: iSeahorse Explore for interactive reporting. This information will be used by the project in its aim to improve and protect Seahorse conservation as well as Seahorse habitats. With the advent of technology, iSeahorse Philippines uses social media sites (FB: /iseahorsephils & Twitter: @iseahorsephils) to reach a wider audience in raising awareness about overfishing, other threats and how they can protect the seas.
Funded in part by the Whitley Fund for Nature, iSeahorse Philippines was launched at Manila Ocean Park, country’s first Marine theme park and a premiere educational facility. Dr. Amanda Vincent, Director of project Seahorse and one of the world’s leading experts on Seahorses and their relatives, have spoken at the said event.
A community of citizen scientists and conservationists
iSeahorse is more than just a website and an iPhone app. It’s a community of citizen scientists and conservationists with a common goal. Anyone can join to help identify Seahorse species and advocate for their protection.