¡VIVA Vaquita! has partnered with 50 other non-government organizations to encourage a boycott of Mexican shrimp. Organizations include the National Resources Defense Council, the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Institute among others. The boycott is in response to the critically-endangered vaquita porpoise, whose populations have fallen to below 30 animals as a result of fishing practices from the shrimp industry, illegal fishing, and lack of enforcement by the Mexican government. In 2016 alone, the United States imported millions of tons of shrimp from Mexico valued at $274 million dollars.
The coalition's website, boycottmexicanshrimp.com, includes tips on how to avoid purchasing Mexican shrimp, and lists companies that import shrimp from Mexico. Sample letters for communicating with pertinent Mexican government officials and corporations involved in the shrimp industry are available as well.
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).