Friday, August 28, 2015

Mexico Sets to Save the Vaquita

Paula Olson, NOAA -

"The vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) is considered by many to be the rarest and most-endangered species of marine mammal in the world. It is Critically Endangered with an estimated 245 remaining in 2008 and less than 100 in 2014 (CIRVA 2014). 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," states the website Viva Vaquita!

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, "To its credit, Mexico has not given up and neither should we. Earlier this year, the Mexican government put in place a new program to save the vaquita, banning gillnets for two years in all vaquita habitat (not just the refuge), providing fishermen with compensation, and purchasing new boats for patrolling the gillnet exclusion zone."

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