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VAQUITA NEWS & UPDATES  |  September 15th, 2017

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

Most people in China have likely never heard of the vaquita and know nothing of its precarious status.  Therefore, 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.  The overall goal of this project is to help reduce the demand for totoaba bladders in Hong Kong and China, and therefore to increase survival prospects for both endangered species.  Specific objectives are to:

 

  1. Develop a network of interested organizations in Hong Kong/China that will regularly share information and experience on the vaquita/totoaba issue.
  2. Establish regular meetings/calls to keep other groups in the task force informed of progress and future plans, to facilitate coordination, and to avoid unintended duplication of efforts.
  3. Create a Chinese-language website to educate Hong Kong and Chinese people about this issue and the need for effective conservation of these species.
  4. Translate existing educational materials (e.g., fact sheets, brochures, stickers, coloring books, children’s books) on the vaquita and totoaba into Chinese and make them available to relevant parties in Hong Kong and China.
  5. Develop a specific component of International Save the Vaquita Day 2018 for Hong Kong and China (using Chinese-language educational materials) conducted through local-based groups, to better tailor the event to Hong Kong- and China-specific needs.

 

We are currently working to obtain funding for this major effort, and your donations and assistance will help greatly.  We have already translated our brochure and coloring book into Chinese and they are available for download on our Resources page.

 

 

 

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).