I am deeply saddened by the news that there are likely less than 100 Vaquitas remaining on the planet, with under 25 of them being reproductive females. The International Vaquita Recovery Team, CIRVA, has just published the findings of their 5th meeting here: http://www.iucn-csg.org/index.php/2014/08/02/the-vaquita-new-report-from-cirva-released/, with more information coming soon from the Mexican Presidential Commission on Vaquita Conservation at this site: http://www.iucn-csg.org/.
The issue has quickly become a worldwide news story, being covered by the Washington Post (below) and ABC News among others.
The reason of their decline remains the same: accidental capture due to illegal gillnet fishing. But it now appears that there is a culprit more damaging than the shrimp fishery: Totoaba. A critically endangered species in its own right, Totoaba has been illegally hunted for years due to the incredibly high market value of their swim bladders. Particularly in China, these organs are a delicacy that can fetch over $10,000 per bladder. The temptation is simply too good to be true for the local fishermen, no matter how illegal it may be. As one of NOAA’s Vaquita experts Jay Barlow says, “With two days of fishing, you can buy a new pickup truck.”:
We all feel a little hopeless right now. It seems almost impossible to save the Vaquita. But I’m here to tell you that the fight is not over. Everybody has fought too hard for too long to give up now. These next few years could go down in history as the biggest success story in conservation history if we can turn things around. It is now in the hands of our governments, so we need to do something to get them to permanently remove gillnets from the Vaquita’s range. Hopefully there are some petitions in the works, so in the meantime, please use social media to our advantage. Spread the word in any way you can. It will be unexplainably devastating if we lose the Vaquita, so please, everybody, we need to work together and do something to save everyone’s favorite little Mexican porpoise. Check back here for the latest updates on the situation. Thank you.
Can you send me an email. I have been sharing your blog. And I have a wonderful movement who would like to touch base with you. They are looking for inspiring youngsters who are spreading the word and in turn trying to put an end to injustice if animals and in your case the vaquita
They would love to hear what your doing
My email is now cherie1965@Icloud.com
This is really sad. But there a chance to save them if we act now. I’m not giving up!
Thank you for your commitment!
This is devastating news and means this is our last chance. Meaningful change needs to happen now. Keep fighting the good fight.
Thank you for your wise words.
So sorry to hear this Aidan. Your dedication and devotion to the endangered Vaquitas is so admirable. Dont give up! Love from GJ
Thank you. I won’t give up!