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

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AFTER SETBACK, VaquitaCPR OPERATIONS COME TO A CLOSE FOR 2017

 

NOVEMBER 13, 2017

 

After nearly a month of operation, the international rescue operation known as VaquitaCPR came to a close on Friday, and most personnel packed up and headed home on Saturday.

A LAST-DITCH EFFORT TO SAVE THE VAQUITA IS ON... AND HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ

 

 

 

OCTOBER 19, 2017

 

VaquitaCPR, the effort to live-capture as many vaquitas as possible, remove them from the dangerous world of illegal gillnets, and into the relative safety of a series of specially-built pens and enclosures, is happening in the San Felipe area as you read this.

¡VIVA VAQUITA! IS WORKING TO REDUCE DEMAND FOR TOTOABA BLADDERS IN CHINA

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

 

As part of our long-term effort to help save the vaquita from extinction, ¡VIVA Vaquita! is developing a Hong Kong/China Vaquita and Totoaba Task Force.

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Estimated Number of Vaquitas Remaining*

*Based on CIRVA reports from 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, 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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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 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