Hippocampus erectus (Northern Seahorse)

Criteria met:  High volume (globally threatened)

Principal trade term to the EU:  live

Percentage of global trade to the EU:  24%

Principal source:  wild

Top EU importer:  Italy

Top Trading Partner:  Brazil

CITES Appendix:  II

IUCN Status:  Vulnerable

EU-reported imports of live, wild-sourced Hippocampus erectus, all purposes, 2005-2010.

EU imports in 2010 were all live specimens traded for commercial purposes, comprising 50 wild-sourced specimens imported directly from Brazil by Italy, and 34 captive-born (source ‘F’) specimens imported directly from the United States by the United Kingdom.

H. erectus was listed on CITES Appendix II in 2004; EU imports of live specimens peaked in 2008 and declined by 90% between 2009 and 2010.

The SRG formed a negative opinion for Brazil on 16/02/2010, which was confirmed on 02/12/2010.