Category Archives: entanglements

Progress protecting Mekong River dolphins undermined by proposed dams

In January 2017 an international workshop on the Critically Endangered freshwater population of dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris) in the Mekong River was held in Kratie, Cambodia [click here to read report]. This was the fourth such workshop convened by the World … Continue reading

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New film – “In search of Vaquita”

An excellent new film, called ‘Almas del Mar Vermilion: En Búsqueda de la Vaquita Marina‘ in Spanish, which describes the story of the vaquita, its decline and its conservation  is available at this link:  https://vimeo.com/166899979 and with English subtitles: https://vimeo.com/166852669

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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

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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

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The Vaquita: New report from CIRVA released…

The recently completed report of the international vaquita recovery team (CIRVA) is now available here in English, and in Spanish.  The Mexican presidential commission on vaquita conservation is meeting on 31 July and 1 August to consider CIRVA’s findings, and … Continue reading

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Enforcement paying off for the Atlantic humpback dolphin of Western Africa

Like many threatened species, the Vulnerable Atlantic humpback dolphin (Sousa teuszii) is under pressure from anthropogenic activities. Industrial and commercial scale fishing forces locally-based artisanal fishers to within 200 metres of the beach – using their nets in critical habitat … Continue reading

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Update on Mekong and Ayeyarwady Irrawaddy dolphin conservation

With support of the CSG, further steps were taken recently toward the conservation of two of Asia’s three riverine populations of Irrawaddy dolphins Orcaella brevirostris: in the Mekong of Cambodia and Laos and in the Ayeyarwady of Myanmar. Mekong River … Continue reading

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IWC/CPPS/Ecuador Training Workshop for Responding to Large Whale Entanglement Events

This regional training workshop was carried out in Salinas, Ecuador, 27-28 June 2013. The entanglement of large whales in small scale gillnets has been identified as a major conservation issue in some countries of the Southeast Pacific, particularly in the … Continue reading

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