12 Oct '17, 4pm

Bold effort underway to save the vaquita porpoise from extinction

Bold effort underway to save the vaquita porpoise from extinction

With fewer than 30 vaquitas left in the wild, the 'panda of the sea' is the most endangered marine mammal in the world. Now a crazy plan might just save them. If only all endangered species were as lucky as the vaquita porpoise (said with a sardonic twinge). With fewer than 30 Phocoena sinus individuals left in the upper Gulf of California (to which they are endemic), the Mexican government has committed more than $100 million to save and protect the vaquita. In April of 2015, Mexico’s president Peña Nieto showed his dedication to the little porpoise – the smallest cetacean in the world, in fact – by announcing a two-year gillnet ban throughout the vaquitas' range, while also compensating fishermen and related industries for their loss of income, and enhancing the multi-agency enforcement of the ban led by the Mexican Navy. Earlier this year, the gillnet ban was made perma...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/bold-effort...

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