The Vaquita eats a wide range of small fish and squid. All of the 17 fish species that have been found in Vaquita stomachs can be classified as Demersal and/or Benthic species living in relatively shallow water in the northern Gulf of California.
The Vaquita has been known to science since
José Hernández (who Diane Glim commented about on a previous post) from Mariachi Sol de Mexico, Save the Whales, and ¡Viva Vaquita! teamed up to do a public service announcement about the Vaquita being broadcasted on radio stations in the Monterey, California area. You can listen to it here: http://www.savethewhales.org/vaquita_psa.html.
Here is another amazing poster from Memuco: http://visual.ly/unnatural-disasters. It really puts into perspective how endangered the Vaquita really is. The poster also features the Baiji (previous post) and the Yangtze River Finless Porpoise with a lot of information on each cetacean.
The only cetacean known to go extinct due to human activity is the Baiji, Lipotes vexillifer. In 2006, after an intense, 6-week search in all of the Baiji’s historic range, it was considered extinct. Don’t let the Vaquita be the second. Learn more about the Baiji by clicking on the links below.
A huge breakthrough was just made: this year, fishermen have received the ability to apply to the shrimp farm PROREMARCO as an alternative livelihood. This is, in a sense, another buy-out option. As in all buy-out categories, fishermen entering PROREMARCO must surrender at least one fishing permit, the boat, and fishing gear associated to it. CONANP has determined that this project needs a minimum of 62 applications to be economically viable. If you are or know any Gulf fishermen, please inform them on this subject.
Here is the poster for Jimmy Maldonado’s Mexican short film, “Por Naturaleza” (“Naturally” in English). It appears to be about the Vaquita. I will try to learn more about it.