date we have shipped 1,428 seahorse
specimens to 45 aquarium facilities worldwide.
In 1994 the Birch Aquarium at Scripps (BAS) initiated a propagation
project for the Pacific seahorse, Hippocampus ingens. In May, 1995
our efforts were bolstered by a gift from Mrs.
Dorothy Munro to construct a facility dedicated to seahorse propagation.
Our goal was to raise a sufficient number of Hippocampus ingens
to maintain our very popular local seahorse display. As propagation
became more successful, we broadened our goals to include providing
specimens to other aquaria, thus achieving an additional goal of conservation
by reducing the need to collect display specimens from the wild populations.
have raised a total of nine species to adulthood. To date we have
shipped 1,428 seahorse specimens to 45 aquarium facilities worldwide.
We regularly maintain approximately 500 juveniles in our grow-out