Friday, January 12, 2007

Protecting endangered seahorses

A NEW £100,000 centre for protecting endangered seahorses is set to open
this Easter under the guidance of a Glasgow scientist.

Rory Crawford, an aquatic bioscience graduate from North Kelvinside, will
head the special seahorse breeding and conservation unit at Loch Lomond

Nine new tanks will house a host of the endangered species from Australia to
the Caribbean.

The 22-year-old former Williamwood High pupil will be responsible for
encouraging a minimum of three species of tropical seahorse to breed, and
for raising awareness of the plight of many seahorses in the wild.

continued...He said: "I can't wait to get started. The new facility will
give us a great opportunity to inform people about such an important
conservation cause.

"About 20 million are slaughtered annually, many to supply ingredients for
traditional Chinese medicines - so they really are at risk. There's also
still a thriving black market in seahorse souvenirs and in the illegal
import of protected species for home aquariums."

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