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Seahorses and Pipefish in the North Sea

This meeting will discuss theories behind the population increase of syngnathids in Britain's coastal waters and the possible impacts this will have on other species.

IMAGE CREDIT: Peter Ryngaert
There has been a rapid and dramatic increase in numbers of snake pipefish (Entelurus aequoreus) occurring in the sea around northern Britain. Whilst these major outbreaks of previously rare species do occur in marine ecosystems, the reason for this population explosion is currently unclear. The increase in numbers and range expansion will have an effect on the food web dynamics and snake pipefish have been increasingly reported in the diet of many species of seabird breeding in colonies around the UK, often with detrimental consequences.

This ZSL Scientific Meeting will discuss theories behind the population increase and possible impacts.

Have there been changes in distribution and abundance in other members of the Syngnathid family too? People are often surprised when they find out there are seahorse populations in Britain coastal waters. Find out about the resident species and their populations.

Organised by Dr Heather Koldewey and Alison Shaw, ZSL


Cindy J.G. van Damme, Wageningen IMARES, IJmuiden, Netherlands | talks
Professor Sarah Wanless, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Banchory, UK | talks | www
Neil Garrick-Maidment, Executive Director, The Seahorse Trust, UK | talks | www


Date and Time:

12 February 2008 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



London Zoo's Meeting Rooms
Regent's Park (Outer Circle)
0207 449 6227
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Organised by:

The Zoological Society of London
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Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

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There will be a 3-course dinner with the speakers following this Scientific Meeting. For further information or to book places, please contact joy.hayward@zsl.org or call 020 7449 6227.

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