I can’t believe how successful our petition to make the gillnet ban permanent and our social media Thunderclap campaign have become in such a short amount of time!
We started these campaigns about a month ago, and could have never predicted the sheer number of people that would support them.
Here are the statistics:
In other news, PROFEPA and Sea Shepherd have been making tremendous progress in ban enforcement and net confiscation. Despite inclement weather, dozens of Totoaba nets have been retrieved from the water, and multiple poacher arrests have been made in recent weeks. It is wonderful to see the Mexican government working closely with NGOs to accomplish a mutually desired goal!
If you haven’t already, please sign our petition and Thunderclap! Thank you.
If the Vaquita is to be saved, four things need to happen:
- The gillnet ban is made permanent
- The ban is properly enforced
- The Totoaba swim bladder trade is shut down
- Alternative, Vaquita-safe fishing gear is developed and implemented
These are not going to be easy to accomplish, but Mexico certainly has the power and will to make them all a reality.
We need to show our support and clarify exactly what needs to be done to save this species. But how can I tell the Mexican government these four things? How can I make my voice heard?
Now there is an easy way.
The VIVA Vaquita Coalition has started a petition to get this message to:
President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto
Secretary of SEMARNAT Rafael Pacchiano Alamán
Director of CONAPESCA Mario A. Aguilar Sánchez
Minister of SAGARPA José Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa
Director of INAPESCA Dr. Pablo Arenas Fuentes
These people are extremely influential and literally have the power in their hands to save the Vaquita. If they agree to the four things above, the Vaquita will most likely thrive.
Signing the petition is extremely easy. All you have to do is fill in your name, email address, etc. and press Sign! Or you can log in to Change.org with Facebook or email, and literally just click one button to sign!
If there is one thing you ever do for the Vaquita, make it signing this petition.
Thank you from the VV coalition and the Vaquita.
To learn more and sign, click here:
And don’t forget to support the Thunderclap!
Here is an extremely important message from VIVA Vaquita:
“Dear Vaquita Supporters,
We have a BIG GOAL to meet for a small porpoise that desperately needs your support now! With over 20,523 signed supporters so far, we still need 29,477 more to reach our 50,000 goal before International Save The Vaquita Day on July 12, 2014.
Please take a moment to simply sign our petition to help Prevent the Extinction of the Vaquita Porpoise.
Thank you from ¡VIVA Vaquita!
Prevent the Extinction of the Vaquita Porpoise – the world’s most endangered marine mammal!
¡VIVA Vaquita! Coalition’s Goals & Mission:
VIVA Vaquita is a coalition of like-minded scientists, educators, and conservationists, who would like to increase the attention given to the Vaquita, the World’s most endangered marine mammal species. Our goals and mission are to generate awareness of the Vaquita and to promote a healthy Upper Gulf of California ecosystem. We conduct research, public awareness and education activities to bring this about. Ultimately, we aim to help save the Vaquita from extinction, and to do so in a way that also provides long-term benefits to the fisherman and other residents who live around the Gulf of California, Mexico.
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Thanks to everyone who has signed my petition on Change.org, but if you haven’t yet, you can at http://www.change.org/petitions/save-the-elusive-vaquita. If you have a Change.org account, you can just sign it, but don’t worry if you don’t: you can simply just fill in your name and some other information, and voilà. While you’re at it, it would be greatly appreciated if you also signed the ¡Viva Vaquita! and Save the Whales petitions.
I have started the third Vaquita petition on Change.org. Please check it out and sign it so the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón, can discover the Vaquita’s plight.
It is really important that you sign two petitions: the Vivavaquita petition, http://www.change.org/petitions/prevent-the-extinction-of-the-vaquita-porpoise-the-worlds-most-endangered-marine-mammal, and the Save the Whales petition, http://www.change.org/petitions/save-the-vaquita-porpoise-the-worlds-most-endangered-marine-mammal, on Change.org. To sign these petitions, you must simply click the link, fill out your information, and press the sign button. If you are already a Change.org member, just log in and sign. Both petitions only need a couple hundred more signatures, so PLEASE sign them and tell all your friends. If these petitions reach their goals, the Vaquita can be saved!