Seahorses: The legal part

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  1. CheriS

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    Is there anyone who knows if you need special permits for keeping seahorses? Or is just for catching them?
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    if you buy a seahorse from the shops it must have come into the country under a cities permit and is legal to keep.

    You may not catch seahorses period.
     
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    Agreed...:thumbup:
     
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    Ah I see! Thank you! :thumbup: I asked because my little girl saw one the weekend in a lagoon. Knew there was something about permits or whatever.
     
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    Seahorses are incredibly boring anyway. Rather keep Doryrhamphus pipefish. :p
     
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    was in a conversation a while back ... heard that the pony's from knysna are most illegal to keep / have . yet the are bred and then dried for export ...... :eek: .
     
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    That is just sick
     
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    I can hardly believe that this is true!
     
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    That is really shocking!
     
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    :lol: Kinda thought the same. :whistling:
    Kid finds it fascinating, she can go swim in the lagoon again to see them haha
     
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    A few months ago someone told me they had been completely banned by cites and permits would no longer be granted for seahores being exported for the marine fish trade, yet its still fine to export them as food. Not sure how true it is
     
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    as far as my understanding goes, the only places that can be granted permits to keep knysna seahorses are recognised marine institutes such as ushaka. The knysna's actually breed like crazy in captivity if it is not carefully controlled. Even though they breed so easily a re-introduction programme to the wild, has not been put into place as they can carry a fish equivalent of TB which can only be seen in a post mortem (just some interesting info)
     
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    I heard the same... Really sad though...
     
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    That used to be the way it worked. They are on the red list of fish not allowed for import into the country. If you have one im sure it does not mean that you have to get rid of it probably just means you will battle to get another!

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    Seahorses can enter into a country if the country signed onto CITES. A country however has the right to protect their native species if they so chose.

    Seahorses are allowed to be imported into SA with a CITES permit being issued from the country of origin and with the approval of Fish & Game (Not sure the name for the department in SA?).

    Kind Regards,

    Tim
     
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    Hi Tim. the issue we have is that our CITES department will not issue CITES permits for seahorses. You can have the species on your import permit. No problem. But if you have no CITES, you get charged under CITES laws.
     
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    yip its true
     
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    :eek: thats sick
     
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    but i do think that project has closed down
     
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    So seahorses are no longer allowed to be imported into SA? So you can longer get H. erectus, H. kuda, H. comes, H. reidi or H. zosterae imported in any longer?

    Kind Regards,

    Tim
     
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