The vaquita has a great friend in Sacramento! California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria is a long-time supporter of the environment, and he has a history of working to help marine mammals in need. His most recent effort was authoring a bill (A.B. 1151), currently working its way through the California Legislature, on its way to becoming law, which will make sure that Californians are not complicit in the vaquita’s demise. The bill bans import to California of all gillnet-caught fish and fish products from the vaquita’s range in Mexico, thereby strongly supporting the basic measure that all vaquita defenders have identified as critical to its survival– eliminating gillnets of any kind from the vaquita’s range.
Mr. Gloria has been pushing the bill through various committees and onward towards a vote in the California legislature later this year. He has agreed to attend our ISTV Day event at Seaport Village in the afternoon of 8 July, where he will no doubt be drumming up support for the new bill. We are honored to have Mr. Gloria attend this event, and we look forward to working with him to help ensure that the bill passes and becomes a part of the toolkit that we can use to ensure the vaquita’s long-term survival.
For more information, check out the recent WildLens podcast with Todd Gloria, in which he talks about the vaquita and other environmental issues:
Also, check out Assemblymember Gloria ‘s website:
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).