gillnets

American Lobster Added to ‘Red List’ of Unsustainable Seafood Due to Dangers to North Atlantic Right Whales

American Lobster Added to ‘Red List’ of Unsustainable Seafood Due to Dangers to North Atlantic Right Whales

If you want to eat only sustainable seafood, American lobster (Homarus americanus) is now off the menu. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s influential consumer and retail guide Seafood Watch has added the crimson crustaceans to its “Red List” of seafoods to avoid because of the dangers that lobster pots pose to critically endangered North Atlantic right […]

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    Mexico Opens Up the Only Remaining Vaquita Habitat to Fishing

    Mexico Opens Up the Only Remaining Vaquita Habitat to Fishing

    By Elizabeth Claire Alberts The Mexican government will no longer protect the habitat of the critically endangered vaquita in the Upper Gulf of California, but has opened the area up to fishing, according to a news report. It’s estimated that there are only about nine vaquitas left in the world.The vaquita (Phocoena sinus), a bathtub-sized […]

    Ocean Plastic: What You Need to Know

    Ocean Plastic: What You Need to Know

    What Is Ocean Bound Plastic? Ocean bound plastic is plastic waste that is headed toward our oceans. The term “ocean bound plastic” was popularized by Jenna Jambeck, Ph.D., a professor from the University of Georgia. In 2015, she and a team of researchers estimated the amount of plastic waste entering the ocean from land. Addressing […]

    Indian Ocean Dolphin Population Plummets Due to Commercial Fishing

    Indian Ocean Dolphin Population Plummets Due to Commercial Fishing

    Fishing operations in the Indian Ocean have decimated dolphin populations over the last 70 years, according to a new study published in the journal Endangered Species Research. The fishing operations that have had dolphins swept up as bycatch have meant that nearly 4 million dolphins have died since 1950 and the population of dolphins in […]

    Just ‘Days’ Left to Save 6 to 19 Remaining Vaquitas

    Just ‘Days’ Left to Save 6 to 19 Remaining Vaquitas

    There are only between six and 19 vaquitas left, a new study has concluded, and, unless swift action is taken, the endangered species could go extinct within a year. The world’s smallest porpoises, found only in Mexico’s Gulf of California, are threatened because they are caught by mistake in illegal gillnets. The study, published in […]

    Only 10 Vaquita Porpoises Remain in the World, Scientists Announce

    Only 10 Vaquita Porpoises Remain in the World, Scientists Announce

    Scientists announced Thursday that only 10 vaquita porpoises likely remain in the world and that the animal’s extinction is virtually assured without bold and immediate action. The vaquita, the world’s smallest and most endangered cetacean, is found only in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California. The release of the new vaquita estimate comes just two days […]

    Vaquita Still Doomed Without Further Disruption of Totoaba Cartels

    Vaquita Still Doomed Without Further Disruption of Totoaba Cartels

    My organization, the Elephant Action League (EAL), spent 14 months investigating and infiltrating the illicit totoaba swim bladder supply chain, from Baja California in Mexico to Southern China. We released a public report on what we called Operation Fake Gold in July 2018. Since then, we have continued to submit intelligence to Mexican, U.S. and […]

    Near-Extinct Vaquita Gets Another Lifeline from the Courts

    Near-Extinct Vaquita Gets Another Lifeline from the Courts

    In a crucial win for the quickly vanishing vaquita porpoise, a federal appeals court sided with conservationists Wednesday when it upheld a ban on Mexican seafood imports caught with gillnets, which drown the endangered marine mammal. “Immediate pressure on Mexico to ban all gillnets in the upper Gulf of California and to clear the area […]