Topsham man launches campaign to end seahorse trinkets

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 August 2015

Seahorses being used as souvenirs

Seahorses being used as souvenirs

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The Topsham founder of a marine life charity is cracking down on seahorses being illegally turned into trinkets and souvenirs.

Neil Garrick-Maidment, 56, of the Seahorse Trust based in Topsham, has set up a campaign to stop the barred sale of ‘curios’ after he successfully lobbied ebay to stop selling the creatures.

Seahorses have been a protected species in the UK under the Wildlife and Conservation Act since 2008.

Neil is keen to raise £5,000 to get the ‘Stop the Curio Trade’ campaign off the ground.

It aims to get people to report shops which sell the marine life gifts.

He said a shop found selling sea life trinkets in South Devon had items conviscated after police were called following a tip-off.

Neil said: “If people are out and about and see stuff for sale, they can email us the details with pictures and we can try to stop it – we want a peaceful campaign.

“You can only take so much life out of the wild before the whole thing collapses.

“Raising £5,000 would mean we could develop the campaign further. It would give us the money to pay our staff and do some match-funding.

“It helps to show confidence in a project if people are willing to fund it. The appeal open to everybody and anyone can contribute.”

Neil has applied for funding to get the campaign off the ground.

● If you would like to donate, go to http://www.gofundme.com/zvdk85w

● To report a sighting of a ‘curio’, email illegaltrade@theseahorsetrust.org

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