Benefits of Program
There are several benefits to having seahorses in the classroom.
The first benefit is learning responsibility. They will get to feed and take care of the animals and learn about their life cycle.
The next benefit is environmental education. The students will be learning about ocean life. They will get to see the difference between our local habitats and the that of the ocean. Along with this, the students will learn sustainable ocean farming and how to protect our oceans. It is extremely rare to sea seahorses in the wild even if you are an experienced snorkeler or diver. Therefore, seahorses are in high demand by aquariums. The average life expectancy of. seahorse in captivity has previously been a few months. This has led to over-fishing of seahorses. In addition, there has been over-fishing of seahorses for medicinal purposes, as novelty items and more. This lead to a sustainable farm, Ocean Rider, to start a breeding program. Their efforts have made a huge impact on the seahorse population and life expectancy in captivity has risen to 4 years. Ocean Rider has also inspired hundreds of other oceanic sustainable farms.
A final benefit of this program is overall mental health and well-being. It has been proven, that keeping fish improves mental health and also helps to reduce anxiety. Fish tanks bring a sense of nature and calming into a classroom.