THIS YEAR’S INTERNATIONAL SAVE THE VAQUITA DAY TO BE THE BIGGEST EVER!
The 2017 International Save the Vaquita Day will be held on Saturday 8 July (with a few events on other days nearby). There are 26 venues planned in the United States (mostly in California, but with others scattered all over the US), and eight additional ones planned for other countries (including three in Mexico). The total of 34 events worldwide makes this year’s event the largest ever, and here are a few highlights:
° In downtown San Diego, at Seaport Village, there will be a live band playing surf music, and California legislator Todd Gloria (author of a new California bill designed to help save the vaquita) will be attending and speaking
° A rally will be held at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. on Thursday July 6, with demonstrators demanding the Mexican Government do a better job of protecting the vaquita
° In Boise, Idaho, a city-wide event will be held, with marches, rallies, and advance screenings of the new documentary film “Souls of the Vermillion Sea”
° In Hong Kong (a major destination for the illegal smuggling of totoaba swim bladders, which are currently the main threat to the vaquita’s existence), there will be an event held at the Stanley waterfront on Hong Kong Island, which will include educational materials in Chinese
° Most venues will have educational displays, children’s resources and games, and all will emphasize the need to respect and support the fishing culture of Mexico while working to save the vaquita
To see a full list of venues, and learn more about the specific locations and events planned for each, visit:
We hope to see you all on 8 July, for International Save the Vaquita Day!
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).