¡VIVA Vaquita! member organization and award-winning conservation filmmakers Wild Lens are set to debut their new film, Souls of the Vermilion Sea, at two screenings in the Upper Gulf of California cities of San Felipe and El Golfo de Santa Clara, Mexico.
The film, presented in cooperation with San Diego Zoo Global and Ridge to Reef (Del Mar a las Montañas), documents events over the past two years since the initiation of President Nieto's gillnet moratorium in the Upper Gulf of California, a measure aimed at halting the decline of the critically-endangered vaquita porpoise. With a focus on the impacts conservation efforts have had on Upper Gulf fishing communities, Wild Lens aims to facilitate discussion of lessons learned thus far for future conservation efforts.
Souls of the Vermilion Sea is a collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Greenpeace, Environmental Investigation Agency, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, marine biologists from Mexico and the United States, and Mexican actress Ana Serradilla, among others. It is the second film concerning the vaquita made by Wild Lens, following up their 2016 short film release Searching for Vaquita.
The film can be viewed at the following locations/times:
March 13 - San Felipe, Mexico. Casa de la Cultura at 7:00 PM
March 15 - El Golfo de Santa Clara, Mexico. Offices of EDF/AGS next to CONAPESCA, AT 7:00 PM
Find more information at vaquitafilm.org
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).