SEVENSEAS Marine Conservation & Travel Issue 16, September 2016 - Page 111

The Marine Photobank is a leading visual resource that has galvanized people from all over the planet to collect, share and download marine photos, images and graphics that shed light on how humans have affected life in the ocean. The Marine Photobank was founded in response to a lack of readily available, high quality underwater and above water ocean conservation images. These images are available at no cost for non-commercial purposes as well as for media use.

Opposite page: Sea lions haul out on the breakwater at Monterey Harbor, California. Gerick Bergsma 2011/MarineBelow: Photobank Below: Notwithstanding the fact that seahorses are not used by humans as food, the life of these charismatic fishes is under serious threat. This is primarily due to the escalated demand for dried sea horses in international market, especially as ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine. The three-spotted seahorse Hippocampus trimaculatus is collected in Tamil Nadu coast for trade as souvenir. Despite the inclusion of sea horses in Schedule I of Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, the collection and trade continue unabated.A. Bijukumar/Marine Photobank