All seahorses are listed on Appendix II of CITES, which permits only individuals over 10 cm to be landed, in order to allow continued reproduction (1) (6). Trade is also fully monitored in the U.S., although relies on the honesty of traders' declarations. Targeted fisheries for the aquarium trade are monitored and regulated in Florida, with limitations on the number of commercial harvesters. However, non-selective exploitation through incidental capture is not monitored in any state (1).
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