Amanda Vincent

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Amanda Vincent
Cambridge University, University of Western Ontario
Known forSeahorse research and conservation
Marine conservation
AwardsFellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2020)

Indianapolis Prize for Animal Conservation (2020)

Canada Research Chair in Marine Conservation (2002-2012)
Scientific career
Marine biologist, conservationist
InstitutionsProject Seahorse
University of British Columbia

Amanda Vincent is a Canadian marine biologist and conservationist, one of the world's leading experts on seahorses and their relatives.[1] She currently holds the chair of the IUCN SSC Seahorse, Pipefish and Seadragon Specialist Group and is the marine representative on the IUCN's International Red List Committee as well as being the chair of its Marine Conservation Committee. She previously held the Canada Research Chair in Marine Conservation at the UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada from 2002 to 2012. Vincent co-founded and directs Project Seahorse, an interdisciplinary and international organization committed to conservation and sustainable use of the world's coastal marine ecosystems.[2] In 2020 she became the first marine conservationist to win the world's leading prize for animal conservation, the Indianapolis Prize.[3]


Vincent received a B.Sc. (Hons.) from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, England. She was a visiting fellow in Sweden and Germany (1990–1991) and a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford, England (1991–1996). She was a faculty member at McGill University from 1996 to 2002. She held the Canada Research Chair in Marine Conservation at the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia, Canada (2002-2012). She is currently full professor at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC.

Project Seahorse

In 1996, Vincent co-founded and still directs Project Seahorse, a marine conservation organization based at UBC, Canada, and Zoological Society of London, UK. Project Seahorse generates cutting-edge research and uses it for highly effective conservation interventions in fisheries, protected areas, trade and policy. Project Seahorse collaborates with researchers, governments, conservation groups, industry and local communities worldwide to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of the world's coastal marine ecosystems.


Vincent has written many scientific papers, technical reports, popular articles and policy briefings. She published the first monograph on the international trade in seahorses in 1996 and then co-authored a book on seahorse identification in 1999. Her work has been documented in five full-length television programmes, and other media coverage globally. Her background includes extensive rough travel through more than 60 countries.

Her research interests include:

  • International conservation policy
  • Trade in marine life for non-food purposes (e.g. medicine, aquarium pets, and curios)
  • Seahorses, pipefishes, pegasid fishes
  • Regulation of trawling and bycatch
  • Marine protected areas and zoning
  • Community-based coastal resource management, particularly in Southeast Asia
  • Small-scale fisheries management, with a particular attention to gender issues
  • Marine trade assessment and policy development
  • Reproductive ecology of fishes and other marine organisms, and its evolution

Vincent was the first person to study seahorses underwater, the first to document the extensive trade in these fishes, and the first to initiate a seahorse conservation project. Her work has received many awards and commendations. Vincent is consulted on marine management and policy issues.  She is chair of the IUCN SSC Seahorse, Pipefish and Seadragon Group. She is the marine representative on the

IUCN Species Survival Commission.[2]

Selected publications

  • Foster, S.J., Justason, T.A., Magera, A., & A.C.J. Vincent. 2022. CITES makes a measurable difference to the trade in live marine fishes: the pioneering case of seahorses. Conservation Biology, 272, 109653.
  • Pollom, R.A., Ralph, G.M., Pollock, C. M., & A.C.J. Vincent. 2021. Global extinction risk for seahorses, pipefishes and their near relatives (Syngnathiformes). Oryx, 55(4):497-506.
  • Vaidyanathan, T. & A.C.J. Vincent. 2021. Status of India’s seahorse fisheries two decades after it was banned. Biodiversity and Conservation, 30:2223–2253.
  • Foster, S.J. & A.C.J. Vincent. 2021. Holding governments accountable for their commitments: CITES Review of Significant Trade for a very high-volume taxon. Global Ecology and Conservation, 27:e01572.
  • Vaidyanathan, T., Zhang, X., Balakrishnan, R., & A.C.J. Vincent. 2021. Catch and trade bans for seahorses can be negated by non‐selective fisheries. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 31(1):43-59.
  • Zhang, X. & A.C.J. Vincent. 2020. China’s policies on bottom trawl fisheries over seven decades (1949–2018). Marine Policy, 119:104062.
  • Aylesworth, L., Foster, S. J. & A.C.J. Vincent 2020. Realities of offering advice to governments on CITES. Conservation Biology, 34(3):644-653.
  • Foster, S.J., Kuo, T-C., Wan, A.K.Y. & A.C.J. Vincent 2019. Global seahorse trade defies export bans under CITES action and national legislation. Marine Policy 103: 33-41.
  • Gillespie, K.M. and A.C.J. Vincent. 2019. Marine reserves drive both taxonomic and functional change in coral reef invertebrate communities. Biodiversity and Conservation 28(4):921–938.
  • Zhang, X. and A.C.J. Vincent. 2018. Predicting distributions, habitat preferences and associated conservation implications for a genus of rare fishes, seahorses. Diversity and Distributions 24(7):1005-1017.
  • Lawson J.M., S.J. Foster and A.C.J. Vincent. 2017. Low bycatch rates add up to big numbers for a genus of small fishes. Fisheries 42(1):19-33.
  • Cisneros-Montemayor, A. and A.C.J. Vincent. 2016. Science, society, and flagship species: social and political history as keys to conservation outcomes in the Gulf of California. Ecology and Society 21(2).
  • Vincent, A.C.J., and J.M. Harris. 2014. Boundless no more. Science 346.6208: 420–421.
  • Vincent, A.C.J., Sadovy,Y.J., Fowler, S.L and S. Lieberman. 2013. The role of CITES in the conservation of marine fishes subject to international trade. Fish and Fisheries 15: 563–592.
  • Vincent, A.C.J., Giles, B.G., Czembor, C.A., Foster, S.F. 2011. Trade in Seahorses and Other Syngnathids in Countries Outside Asia (1998–2001).
  • Vincent, A.C.J., Foster, S.J., Koldewey, H.J. 2011. Conservation and management of seahorses and other Syngnathidae. Journal of Fish Biology. 78(6):1681-1724.
  • Vincent, A.C.J. 2008. Keynote: Reconciling fisheries with conservation on coral reefs: the world as an onion. Reconciling fisheries with conservation: Fourth World Fisheries Congress. 49:1435–1467.
  • Vincent, A.C.J., Meeuwig, J., Pajaro, M., Perante, N. 2007. Characterizing a small-scale, data-poor, artisanal fishery: Seahorses in the central Philippines. Fisheries Research. 86(2-3):207-215.
  • Vincent, A.C.J., Marsden, A.D., Sumaila, U.R.. 2007. The role of globalization in creating and addressing seahorse conservation problems. Globalization: Effects on Fisheries Resources. Cambridge University Press. pp. 184-214.
  • Vincent, A.C.J. 2006. Live food and non-food fisheries on coral reefs, and their potential for management. Coral Reef Conservation. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. pp. 183-236.
  • Vincent, A.C.J., Sadovy, Y.J. 1998. Reproductive ecology in the conservation and management of fishes. Behavioural Ecology and Conservation Biology pp. 209-245.
  • All publications by Amanda Vincent (1998-present)

Awards and honours

Taxon named in her honor


  1. ^ "Amanda Vincent: Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries". University of British Columbia. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Project Seahorse". Project Seahorse. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Project Seahorse". Project Seahorse. 11 May 2020. Retrieved 2020-05-28.

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