The Vaquita Porpoise:
A Conservation Emergency
The vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) is the rarest and most-endangered species of marine mammal in the world. In early 2023, the minimum population size of the vaquita was thought to be about 10-13, based on the results of a vessel survey and acoustic study. Total population size may be a bit higher. 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
GOOD NEWS: NO DECREASE DETECTED IN VAQUITA POPULATION!
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
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