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Conservation groups eye emergency rescue plan for vaquitas

‘We are watching this precious native species disappear before our eyes’ Staff Report For more background, check the Summit Voice vaquita archive. With perhaps fewer than 100 vaquitas remaining in the Gulf of California, conservation experts say they will start a last-ditch recovery effort by trying to capture several of the marine mammals and keeping … Continue reading Conservation groups eye emergency rescue plan for vaquitas

Conservation groups seek trade sanctions against Mexico in effort to save the endangered vaquita

Continued illegal gill net fishing cited in push for ban on Mexican seafood Staff Report In what could be a last-ditch effort to save imperiled vaquita in the Gulf of California, conservation advocates are urging the Obama administration to launch economic sanctions against Mexico to halt that country’s trade in totoaba. According to the Center … Continue reading Conservation groups seek trade sanctions against Mexico in effort to save the endangered vaquita

Vaquita population drops to brink of extinction

New survey results show as few as 60 remaining vaquita porpoises in the Gulf of California Staff Report The population of vaquita porpoises in the Gulf of California may be down to just 60 individuals, according to conservation advocates, who released the results of recent surveys in a press release last week. The vaquita is … Continue reading Vaquita population drops to brink of extinction

Conservation groups say Mexico must step up vaquita conservation efforts to prevent extinction

Better monitoring and enforcement of gill net ban needed in Gulf of California Staff Report So far, Mexico’s efforts to save the Gulf of California’s endangered vaquita haven’t been enough, according to conservation activists tracking the last-ditch attempt to save one of the world’s most endangered marine mammals. By some estimates, as few as 50 … Continue reading Conservation groups say Mexico must step up vaquita conservation efforts to prevent extinction

Sea Shepherd partners with Mexican government to halt the illegal gill net fishing that threatens the vaquita

Hong Kong prosecution of black market traders could help slow illegal fishing in Gulf of California vaquita preserve By Bob Berwyn Conservation groups and the Mexican government are making progress in trying to avert extinction of the vaquita porpoise, a small marine mammal that lives only in a few thousand square miles in the northern … Continue reading Sea Shepherd partners with Mexican government to halt the illegal gill net fishing that threatens the vaquita

Mexico to step up vaquita conservation efforts

Focusing on illegal trade could help protect world’s most endangered marine mammal By Bob Berwyn In a hopeful sign for the critically endangered vaquita, Mexican environmental and law enforcement officials have indicated they’ll work more closely with conservation groups to track illegal fishing in the upper Gulf of California, and try to stop the trade … Continue reading Mexico to step up vaquita conservation efforts

Greenpeace activists help stop illegal gillnet fishing in the race to save vaquitas

More enforcement, support for sustainable fishing practices needed to protect world’s most endangered marine mammal By Bob Berwyn FRISCO — Marine mammal conservation advocates with Greenpeace last week said that their patrols in the northern Gulf of California found 10 illegal gillnets, which were removed by Mexico’s environmental authorities. The patrols by the Greenpeace vessel … Continue reading Greenpeace activists help stop illegal gillnet fishing in the race to save vaquitas

Observers say Mexico is not enforcing a gillnet ban meant to save vaquitas from extinction

Illegal international wildlife trade presents a related threat By Bob Berwyn FRISCO — Conservation advocates say some Mexican fishermen are ignoring a ban on gillnets in the northern Gulf of California, driving a porpoise species even closer to extinction. Biologists say there are less than 100 vaquitas left in the area, and perhaps as few … Continue reading Observers say Mexico is not enforcing a gillnet ban meant to save vaquitas from extinction

Vaquita population may be down to 50

Illegal fishing drives species toward extinction By Bob Berwyn FRISCO — Illegal gillnet fishing in the northern Gulf of California continued to take a toll on endangered vaquita porpoises the past few years, according to a new report suggesting that as few as of 50 vaquitas remain. The report, from the Committee for the Recovery … Continue reading Vaquita population may be down to 50

Conservation groups seek international help to save the Gulf of California’s vaquita

Petition requests ‘in danger’ status for Baja World Heritage area Staff Report U.S. conservation groups working to save the world’s most endangered dolphin from going extinct are hoping to get some help from the rest of the world. At issue is the vaquita dolphin, which lives only at the northern end of the Gulf of … Continue reading Conservation groups seek international help to save the Gulf of California’s vaquita