Category Archives: Critically Endangered

December 2015 Vaquita Update

TweetMembers of the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita ​​(​CIRVA​)​ attending the Society for Marine Mammalogy​’s​ Biennial Conference in San Francisco took ​the opportunity​ to me​e​t briefly on ​16 December 2015. ​It was largely an informational meeting where participants received brief updates on several issues, including … Continue reading

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Progress achieved on natural ex situ conservation of the Yangtze finless porpoise

TweetProvided by Professor Wang Ding on 8 December 2015 While ex situ conservation has been seen as an important strategy for endangered terrestrial animals, it is still controversial for cetaceans. The Critically Endangered Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis) is … Continue reading

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Update on Vaquita Survey

TweetThe following news article provides an update on the vaquita survey which just ended: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/nov/28/search-vaquita-gulf-california/?st

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Vaquita sightings on Mexican Expedition inspire hope

TweetArticle prepared by Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho and Barbara Taylor, Chief Scientists of Expedicion Internacional Vaquita Marina 2015. The Government of Mexico has commissioned a new survey to find out how many vaquitas remain at the start of the emergency 2-year gillnet … Continue reading

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Vaquita decline even faster than expected

TweetThe sixth meeting of the Comité Internacional para la Recuperación de la Vaquita (CIRVA) was held in San Diego, California, USA, on 22 May 2015, immediately before the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee. CIRVA-6 commended the … Continue reading

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Community focused research on the Critically Endangered Yangtze Finless Porpoise

TweetA large-scale interview survey of fishing communities in geographic “hotspots” of the Critically Endangered Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis) was conducted in 2011-2012 along the main Yangtze channel and around Dongting and Poyang Lakes by the Zoological Society of London and … Continue reading

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President of Mexico launches plan to save the vaquita

TweetOn 15 April 2015 President Enrique Peña Nieto made the first visit by any Mexican President to San Felipe (one of the two main fishing centers bordering the new gillnet exclusion zone) to announce the Program on the Comprehensive Care of … Continue reading

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Young Gray Whale Sighted near Tokyo Islands

TweetIn March 2015 a young gray whale visited waters near Kozushima and Niijima, part of Tokyo’s outlying Izu Islands group. The occasional appearance of gray whales, such as this one, in Japan, together with a stranding on the mainland China … Continue reading

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Finally: Announcement from Mexico on Vaquita Conservation

TweetAfter months of anticipation, on 23 December 2014 the Government of Mexico finally released its official response to the recommendations of the July 2014 meeting of the international vaquita recovery team (Comité Internacional para la Recuperación de la Vaquita, CIRVA-5); … Continue reading

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Potential new breeding area revealed for critically endangered Baltic Sea harbour porpoises

TweetThe critically endangered vaquita (see news item below) is not the only cetacean seriously threatened by gillnet entanglement. The small subpopulation of harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) in the Baltic Sea has been drastically reduced, initially by large historical commercial catches … Continue reading

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