Apparently, the Chinese use seahorses for medicinal purposes, including in the preparation of a seahorse soup. I also came across images and tales of seahorse skewars (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1041266/Scorpion-kebab–Its-fast-food-Beijing-style—But-Olympic-visitors-stomach-it.html).
As Lunafish describes in their answer, yes, the seahorse is eaten in China. They are also exported and imported in the Philippines. A TED Case Study on the seahorse trade has been attached as a link below. The TED Case Studies (Trade Environmental Database) are part of the Mandala Projects – a forum in which new technologies and research are shared in an effort to discuss, and highlight pressing current affairs issues pertaining to a wide variety of subjects. It was founded by a doctor from American University. The report is interesting, and worth checking out – it says that the importing and exporting of seahorses is actually a bigger problem than most people realize – so much so that it is attributed to significant losses in seahorse populations. Political action has taken place in order to address this problem.
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