MEXICO STALLS AND DELAYS ON GILLNET BAN: Vaquita Nearing Extinction and Hope is Fading!

 

The vaquita population is now estimated at less than 85 individuals (perhaps much less), and is rapidly heading toward extinction. Valuable time has been lost; with the Mexican Government making excuses and delaying needed action, and vaquita numbers declining further. Read full statement>

The Vaquita Porpoise:

A Conservation Emergency

 

The vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) is considered by many to be the rarest and most-endangered species of marine mammal in the world. It is Critically Endangered with an estimated 245 remaining in 2008 and less than 100 in 2014 (CIRVA 2014). It is the smallest of only seven species of true porpoises, and is the only one that lives in warm waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is found in a tiny area in the extreme northern Gulf of California, near Baja California, Mexico. Learn more about vaquita>

 

Only an immediate and total ban on gillnets in the entirety of the vaquita's range can save it from extinction.

 

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Save the Date!

International Save the Vaquita Day

is July 11th, 2015

 

Events around the world will work to raise awareness and encourage action to protect the vaquita porpoise.

 

Learn more about International Save the Vaquita Day

 

 

 

 

Just Published

The second edition of

Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky's (V-Log) book on the vaquita porpoise.  Purchase now for $12.95

 

All proceeds go to ¡VIVA Vaquita!

 

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Download the American Cetacean Society's Spyhopper periodical - with news about the vaquita.

Estimated Number of Vaquitas Remaining*:

85

Image of 85 vaquitas

*Based on CIRVA report from July of 2014 stating an estimated 97 individuals remained and the population was in decline at an annual rate of 18.5%

 

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Photos taken under permit (Oficio No. DR/488/08 from the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturale Protegidas (CONANP/Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT), within a natural protected area subject to special management and decreed as such by the Mexican Government. This work was made possible thanks to the collaboration and support of the Coordinador de Investigación y Conservación de Mamíferos Marinos at the Instituto Nacional de Ecología (INE).

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