Increasing awareness

Today I finished reading the North American Conservation Action Plan (NACAP) for the Vaquita. You can read it online here: http://www.cec.org/Storage/62/5476_Vaquita-NACAP.pdf (the English section starts on page 48).

It is a very in-depth paper from 2008 with extremely important and relevant information. It reaches a similar conclusion to many other papers in that the fishermen are willing to help the Vaquita as long as they do not lose their income for it and their families can still be sustained. Basically the entire world wants to help the Vaquita, including the fishermen, so really all that needs to be done is our governments work together to complete all of the goals required to save it before time runs out.

I was particularly interested in the matrix provided on pages 76-79 that charts all of the priorities for saving the Vaquita, as of 2007, according to the CEC. Many of the things listed have already been done, which is promising. Below is the section for increasing awareness, with the first box containing the action, the second showing the priority (more ! = more important), and the third showing the time frame. I am really excited to try to help make these things happen, and I am sure the Muskwa Club will play a crucial role in these endeavors. All of these things are past their due date, but that does not mean they shouldn’t be done. Earlier in the paper it states, “The [conservation] sector also stressed the value of having information flow smoothly among the various sectors [fishing, aquaculture, tourism, and conservation] so that problems can be identified and solutions sought in a timely, efficient manner.” This idea is extremely similar to the Muskwa Club’s idea of the Vaquita Preservation Alliance, which I will write about once the details are figured out after the Muskwa Club – American Cetacean Society Los Angeles meeting on October 25.

(Click the chart if the words are too small.)

Increasing awareness

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Surprise package

Today I got a surprise package in the mail from Dr. Thomas Jefferson. He sent me 7 books (some written by him, some about the Vaquita, and even one about the Baiji), a brochure, and a sticker as a thank you for me sending him 20 of my books. He has been so amazing to me, from answering my first ever Vaquita question, to sending me magazines and brochures in the mail. I just want to thank him for everything and wish him and the rest of the team the best of luck on Expedition Vaquita 2013, which begins Monday.

Package contents

The contents of the package from Tom.

Vaquita-specific books, brochure, and sticker.

Vaquita-specific books, brochure, and sticker.

The North American Conservation Action Plan for the Vaquita, 2008.

The North American Conservation Action Plan for the Vaquita, 2008.

Interior of the NACAP.

Interior of the NACAP.

Thanks Tom!

Thanks Tom!