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.
An immediate and total removal of gillnets from the entirety of the vaquita’s range can save it from extinction.
News & Updates
NEW RESEARCH SHOWS IT IS NOT TOO LATE FOR THE VAQUITA!
VOTE TO HELP SAVE THE VAQUITA!
U.S. GOVERNMENT ORDERED TO BAN IMPORTS OF SEAFOOD PRODUCTS ENDANGERING THE VAQUITA
AN UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF THE VAQUITA AND PLANS FOR VIVA VAQUITA
INTERNATIONAL SAVE THE VAQUITA DAY AND THE FILM ‘SEA OF SHADOWS’ BRING NEW ATTENTION TO THE VAQUITA ISSUE
POSTCARD DRIVE TO SAVE THE ENDANGERED VAQUITA PORPOISE
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This excellent new book describes the politics and science of the vaquita issue. Brooke Bessesen has done exhaustive research into the issue and weaves a compelling story of the efforts to save the species from extinction. This is a must-read for any vaquita fan. More details about the book and how to order can be found at: www.islandpress.org/books/vaquita