A new report from the IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group website gives the latest update on the vaquita situation in Mexico. Unfortunately, it is not good news. Record numbers of illegal nets are being discovered, as fishermen become more bold about flouting regulations designed to prevent the vaquita from becoming extinct (photo above shows fishing gear collected). Another dead vaquita has been found with evidence of fishery entanglement. More details 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).