2015 Spring Newsletter – Seahorse Hawaii Foundation

pic27The Seahorse Hawaii Foundation is dedicated to saving the Art of the Sea through the creation of marine reserves and the propagation and release of seahorses and sea dragons. We believe that these projects will make a significant impact in saving our ocean. We invite you to be a part of these earth changing, grass roots projects now by making a tax free contribution to the Seahorse Hawaii Foundation a 501 ( c ) 3 public charity with Federal EIN # 20-5592772 and State of Hawaii Tax ID # W37503643. All contributions of all sizes are welcome and are tax deductible.

The Adopt A Sea Dragon Program focuses on breeding the Australian Leafy and Weedy Sea Dragon. The off spring will be sold to public aquariums for their educational displays as an alternative to wild caught specimens helping to keep our wild dragon populations healthy. Revenue from the sale of these dragons will support the Seahorse Hawaii Foundation programs. Our breeding Leafy Sea Dragons are 8 years old this year! They are now in their new home gifted to us by the Heidrich family which is 7 feet deep and 15 feet wide! They are happy here and the mating dance has begun! We hope to be proud parents soon! It is our goal to raise $20,000 in 2015 for Sea Dragon habitat improvement and genetic diversification (purchase of additional breeders).

The Adopt a Seahorse Program is dedicated to releasing Hippocampus kuda seahorses in Marine Protected Areas in West Hawaii, Tavarua, Fiji and Vava u, Tonga. The Hawaii Fisheries Act now protects seahorses in West Hawaii, which is the only place in the Hawaiian Islands where the seahorses are protected. The King of Tonga have gifted an entire island and the surrounding reef to our Seahorse Hawaii Foundation Director Puaita Pulotu to create a model Marine Protected Area. In Tavarua, we are working with children from Hawaii, Fijian Elders and Tavarua Resort owners to teach marine stewardship through the re- establishment of the native seahorse into the waters surrounding this world famous surf resort. These marine protected areas will allow the coral reef to return to its natural pristine state so it will become a productive breeding and nursery grounds for near by reefs acting as a model for other ocean communities. Our goal for 2015 is to raise $20,000.

The 2015 goal for the Adopt a Reef Fish Program is to produce the first yellow tang in captivity to demonstrate that the farming of yellow tangs is a real alternative to the wild caught yellow tang fishery here in Kona. Success will lead to the end of this wild fishery forever, helping to restore our reefs to the pristine state they were 100 years ago. Our goal is to raise $20,000 in 2015.

Adopt an Island in Tonga! Help us protect the pristine underwater world around the island of Fu uamotu in Vava u, Tonga. Just like protecting the rain forest on land, the reefs are the lungs of the ocean and need our urgent help and protection. This protected area will serve as a wild nursery ground for re-seeding near by reefs that have been heavily stripped for food by local communities, foreign countries, poachers and aquarium collectors. This reserve will be a save home to coral, turtles, giant clams, seahorses, sea cucumbers, ornamental and predatory fish. The island will have a world class eco-lodge and research center. This project will serve as an example to the children of our world on how to be a good steward of our ocean. Our goal is to raise $10,000 for 2015.

Mahalo for your support

  • Carol Cozzi-Schmarr, Founder/President, Seahorse Hawaii Foundation
  • Board of Directors: Puaita Pulotu, Yuan Wang, Dr. Dale Sarver, Craig Schmarr, Dr. Clyde Tamaru