Category Archives: Critically Endangered

Update on Vaquita Survey

The 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

Posted in Critically Endangered, Vaquita | Leave a comment

Vaquita sightings on Mexican Expedition inspire hope

Article 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

Posted in Critically Endangered, Vaquita | Leave a comment

Vaquita decline even faster than expected

The 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

Posted in Critically Endangered, entanglements, Vaquita | Leave a comment

Community focused research on the Critically Endangered Yangtze Finless Porpoise

A 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

Posted in Critically Endangered, Freshwater Dolphins, Yangtze River | Leave a comment

President of Mexico launches plan to save the vaquita

On 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

Posted in Critically Endangered, entanglements, Vaquita | Leave a comment

Young Gray Whale Sighted near Tokyo Islands

In 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

Posted in Critically Endangered, Western Gray Whale | Leave a comment

Finally: Announcement from Mexico on Vaquita Conservation

After 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

Posted in Critically Endangered, Vaquita | Leave a comment

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

The 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

Posted in Critically Endangered | Leave a comment

New evidence that Mexican authorities are not adequately enforcing fishing regulations to protect vaquitas

Mexico’s endemic Gulf of California porpoise, the vaquita (Phocoena sinus), is the most endangered marine mammal species in the world. In that context, the CSG chairman has just received a set of photographs taken on 5 December 2014 over the … Continue reading

Posted in Critically Endangered, entanglements, Vaquita | Leave a comment

Irrawaddy dolphins (Pesut) in Indonesia’s Mahakam River

At the chairman’s request, CSG member Danielle Kreb provided the following summary. One of the three Critically Endangered freshwater populations of Irrawaddy dolphins, Orcaella brevirostris, inhabits the Mahakam River, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Analysis of tissues samples from 8 individuals indicated … Continue reading

Posted in Critically Endangered, Freshwater Dolphins, Irrawaddy Dolphins | Leave a comment