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The Vaquita Porpoise:

A Conservation Emergency

 

The vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) is considered by most to be the rarest and most-endangered species of marine mammal in the world. In January 2017, the population size of the vaquita was thought to be <50, based on the results of a 2015 vessel survey and acoustic study. It is the smallest of only seven species of true porpoises, and is the only one that lives in warm waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is found in a tiny area in the extreme northern Gulf of California, near Baja California, Mexico. Learn more about vaquita>

 

An immediate and total removal of gillnets from the entirety of the vaquita's range can save it from extinction.

 

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News & Updates

A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side

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IS THERE A FUTURE FOR VAQUITA UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP?

 

NOVEMBER 12, 2016

 

The results of the recent US presidential election will impact a lot of things.  Among those is the environment, and specifically the future of the vaquita.

Estimated Number of Vaquitas Remaining*

*Based on CIRVA reports from 2014, 2015, and 2016 using data from both vessel surveys and acoustic monitoring to track the population.

A graphic showing sixty vaquitas, displaying the amount that scientists estimate remain.

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PERMANENT GILLNET BAN ANNOUNCED, BUT THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS!

 

JULY 24, 2016

 

Last week, the presidents of the US and Mexico held a joint press conference.  Although it was not discussed at the press conference itself, the Fact Sheet that summarized the meeting of these two world leaders contained a seemingly-wonderful gift for those of us concerned about the welfare of the vaquita.

CAPTIVE BREEDING AND THE VAQUITA?

 

JUNE 19, 2016

 

The issue of possible live-captures and ex-situ conservation (generally known as captive breeding) of the vaquita has recently been much talked about and debated. Read our position statement here.

Watch the WILD LENS documentary

Souls of the Vermilion Sea:

Searching for Vaquita

Eyes On Conservation Podcast with Dr. Tom Jefferson

2nd Edition Book by Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky. Image of book cover showing two vaquitas swimming.

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Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky's (V-Log) book on the vaquita porpoise.  Purchase now for $12.95

 

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Read vaquita articles in the scientific journal JMATE

graphic image of vaquita porpoise by Joe Dlugo

 

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).

A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side
A graphic showing sixty vaquitas, displaying the amount that scientists estimate remain.
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side
A photo by Todd Pusser ©all rights reserved of two vaquitas swimming side by side