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International Save the Vaquita Day 2018

was on Saturday, 7 July!

 

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The Vaquita Porpoise:

A Conservation Emergency

 

The vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) is considered by most to be the rarest and most-endangered species of marine mammal in the world. In January 2017, the population size of the vaquita was thought to be <50, based on the results of a 2015 vessel survey and acoustic study. 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>

 

An immediate and total removal of gillnets from the entirety of the vaquita's range can save it from extinction.

 

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News & Updates

A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side

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U.S. GOVERNMENT ORDERED TO BAN IMPORTS OF SEAFOOD PRODUCTS ENDANGERING THE VAQUITA

 

 

July 30th, 2018

 

On Thursday, the U.S. Court of International of Trade ordered the Trump administration to ban seafood imports from Mexico caught with gillnets that kill the critically endangered vaquita porpoise.

JOIN US FOR INTERNATIONAL SAVE THE VAQUITA DAY

 

 

JUNE 10, 2018

 

Join VIVA Vaquita and dozens of other organizations to celebrate the vaquita on Saturday, 7 July 2018.

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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: READ THE LATEST FROM V-LOG

 

MAY 15, 2018

 

Our junior member, Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky, has been an active part of VIVA Vaquita for over six years, starting as a junior high and high school student.  He is now an adult and is studying for a degree in Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy.

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Souls of the Vermilion Sea

 

Estimated Number of Vaquitas Remaining*

*Based on vessel-based surveys and acoustic

monitoring data (Thomas et al., 2017).  The decline continues unabated.

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VIVA VAQUITA SOCCER BALLS SUPPORT VAQUITA CONSERVATION!

 

VIVA Vaquita has these cute soccer (football for those of you in Europe) balls available for a donation.  They are printed with a vaquita pattern (face, flukes, dorsal fin, and flippers), information on population status, and a QR Code that goes to our website.  100% of funds raised go to vaquita conservation.  If you would like to order, please make a donation of US$15 for each ball (+ $5 shipping in US, or $10 international).  Then send us the electronic receipt through our Contact page, along with your full postal address.

VAQUITA WEBINAR NOVEMBER 8TH

 

Join Brooke Bessesen on 11/8 for a free webinar Saving Vaquita: Considerations in the Race Against Extinction

 

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VAQUITA: SCIENCE, POLITICS, AND CRIME IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ

 

A new book describing the politics and science of the vaquita issue is coming out soon.  Brooke Bessesen has done exhaustive research into the issue and weaves a compelling story of the efforts to save the species from extinction.  This is a must-read for any vaquita fan.  More details and how to order can be found here.

graphic image of vaquita porpoise by Joe Dlugo

 

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).

Logo for International Save the Vaquita Day 2018. Vaquita graphic with Extinction is forever written below..
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side
Logo for International Save the Vaquita Day 2018. Vaquita graphic with Extinction is forever written below..
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side
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Logo for International Save the Vaquita Day 2018. Vaquita graphic with Extinction is forever written below..
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side
Logo for International Save the Vaquita Day 2018. Vaquita graphic with Extinction is forever written below..
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side
Logo for V-Log
Logo for International Save the Vaquita Day 2018. Vaquita graphic with Extinction is forever written below..
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side
Logo for International Save the Vaquita Day 2018. Vaquita graphic with Extinction is forever written below..
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side