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 late 2021, the population size of the vaquita was thought to be about 10-12, based on the results of a 2021 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.
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An immediate and total removal of gillnets from the entirety of the vaquita’s range can save it from extinction.
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News & Updates
NEW RESEARCH SHOWS IT IS NOT TOO LATE FOR THE VAQUITA!
The current population of the Critically Endangered vaquita porpoise is thought to be a few as 10-15…
VOTE TO HELP SAVE THE VAQUITA!
On November 3rd, Americans will vote in the most important election of our lifetimes. Among the many…
U.S. GOVERNMENT ORDERED TO BAN IMPORTS OF SEAFOOD PRODUCTS ENDANGERING THE VAQUITA
On Thursday, the U.S. Court of International of Trade ordered the Trump administration to ban seafood imports…
AN UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF THE VAQUITA AND PLANS FOR VIVA VAQUITA
Thomas A. Jefferson, Director of VIVA Vaquita Last week, CIRVA (the Mexican government’s recovery committee for the vaquita)…
INTERNATIONAL SAVE THE VAQUITA DAY AND THE FILM ‘SEA OF SHADOWS’ BRING NEW ATTENTION TO THE VAQUITA ISSUE
In the past week, two events have brought much greater attention to the issue of the Critically…
POSTCARD DRIVE TO SAVE THE ENDANGERED VAQUITA PORPOISE
VIVA Vaquita partner, Save The Whales has joined with nonprofits, zoos, and aquariums across the country. This…
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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