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, namely raw, dried, or otherwise processed fish or fish products from the northern Gulf of California caught with any kind of gillnet. If you live in California, please write to your state senators and assembly members, as well as the Governor (who would need to sign it into law), and ask them to support the bill before its too late. You can find out who your lawmakers are here:
More information on this bill and links to sample letters can be found here:
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).