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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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GILLNET BAN EXTENDED, BUT FOR HOW LONG?

 

APRIL 17, 2017

 

The Mexican Government has announced an extension of the 2-year ban on gillnets in the northern Gulf of California

Estimated Number of Vaquitas Remaining*

*Based on CIRVA reports from 2014, 2015, and 2016 using data from both vessel surveys and acoustic monitoring to track the population.

A graphic showing sixty vaquitas, displaying the amount that scientists estimate remain.

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GROUP OF FISHERMEN FROM SAN FELIPE HELPING TO SAVE THE VAQUITA

 

 

APRIL 7, 2017

 

Monitoreo Vaquita (Vaquita Monitoring) is a local group of fishermen from San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico who have collaborated with Mexican and international scientists and institutions.

CALIFORNIA TO VOTE ON A NEW LAW TO HELP PROTECT THE VAQUITA

 

 

 

MARCH 29, 2017

 

The California legislature will soon be voting on a bill to help protect the vaquita, the Vaquita-Harmful Fish and Fish Products Bill, AB-1151.  This bill would make it unlawful to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute vaquita-harmful fish and fish products.

Watch the WILD LENS documentary

Souls of the Vermilion Sea:

Searching for Vaquita

Eyes On Conservation Podcast with Dr. Tom Jefferson

2nd Edition Book by Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky. Image of book cover showing two vaquitas swimming.

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

 

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Read vaquita articles in the scientific journal JMATE

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).

A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side
A graphic showing sixty vaquitas, displaying the amount that scientists estimate remain.
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side