vaquita

First-Ever Extinction Alert Issued for Vaquita Porpoise

First-Ever Extinction Alert Issued for Vaquita Porpoise

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has issued its first ever Extinction Alert statement for the endangered vaquita porpoise, whose population is estimated to have shrunk to 10 individuals. The IWC says that a 100 percent ban on gillnets is immediately necessary to stop the extinction of the world’s smallest marine mammal. “Recent studies show there […]

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    Sea Shepherd and Mexico Boost Efforts to Protect Vaquita, But Is It Enough?

    Sea Shepherd and Mexico Boost Efforts to Protect Vaquita, But Is It Enough?

    Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Mexican Government are tentatively celebrating the initial success of their enhanced partnership to protect the critically endangered vaquita. The long-term effectiveness of the program is still to be seen. What Is the Vaquita and Why Is It Endangered? The vaquita is an endemic species that exists only in a […]

    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 […]

    Welcome to 2020: 8 Important Environmental Stories to Follow This Year

    Welcome to 2020: 8 Important Environmental Stories to Follow This Year

    By John R. Platt and Tara Lohan Let’s be honest, 2019 was a rough year for the planet. Despite some environmental victories along the way, we saw the extinction crisis deepen, efforts to curtail climate change blocked at almost every turn, and the oceans continue to warm. We also heard new revelations about ways that […]

    How Do We Solve a Problem Like Wildlife Trade?

    How Do We Solve a Problem Like Wildlife Trade?

    By John R. Platt When it comes to solving problems related to wildlife trade, there are an awful lot of “sticky widgets.” That’s what Eli Weiss, founder of the WildiZe Foundation and host of the “Our Wild World” podcast, calls some of the most pressing issues related to legal and illegal wildlife trafficking. These big […]

    Saving the Vaquita: New Promises and New Threats

    Saving the Vaquita: New Promises and New Threats

    By John R. Platt Six months: That’s how much time Mexico now has to report on its progress to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) from extinction. It’s a time-sensitive deadline. After years of decline, as few as 6 to 19 vaquitas survive in their only home, the Gulf of California. Also known […]

    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 […]