Countries will need technical assistance and funding to reach these goals. If we work together, we can achieve them. That is why today, WCS, the Waitt Foundation and blue moon fund will together commit a minimum of 15 million to the WCS Marine Protected Area Fund, which will support marine protected area expansion and creation efforts in countries where WCS works. The Global Environment Fund will commit an additional 33 million to projects that expand or improve the effectiveness of marine protected areas in line with countries' commitment to their 2020 targets.
There are more than 40 species of seahorses, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Pacific seahorses, the targets in this latest bust, are the largest, growing up to 12 inches. They're found in tropical and temperate waters from California's San Diego down to Peru, where it's illegal to fish for them. Eleven seahorse species are considered vulnerable or endangered and all are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the body that regulates the commercial wildlife trade.