The Mexican Government has announced an extension of the 2-year ban on gillnets in the northern Gulf of California, but it is not clear whether this will be the indefinite ban that has been unanimously recommended by conservationists and scientists, or just a short-term 'band-aid' on the problem of vaquita entanglement in gillnets. We need to keep pushing for a long-term and fully-enforced gillnet ban in the vaquita's range, along with an effective and equitable compensation plan to help fishermen to switch from using gillnets to more selective and environmentally-friendly fishing gear.
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).