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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Jan 2017 update on the decline of the Vaquita

As noted in the 16 December 2016 posting on this site, CIRVA (Comité Internacional para la Recuperación de la Vaquita) met in November to update its findings and recommendations concerning vaquita science and conservation. The meeting report, which was officially … Continue reading

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Update on the Vaquita

In June 2016, we reported that the survey conducted in September–December 2015 had shown that only about 60 vaquitas were left (as detailed in the CIRVA-7 report). Despite valiant efforts by the Mexican government and NGOs, it clear that illegal … Continue reading

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Arabian Sea humpback whales are one of only four populations still considered Endangered under the United States revised Endangered Species Act listing.

*This article is a re-post of a recent WWF media release http://wwf.panda.org/wwf_news/?278471/Arabian-Sea-humpback-whales-one-of-only-four-populations-still-considered-endangered-after-lengthy-US-review Following an extensive review process that started in 2009 and was finalized in September 2016, the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has revised the status of humpback … 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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Capacity-building Workshop on Bycatch Held in Oman

article originally posted at: http://www.cms.int/en/news/capacity-building-workshop-bycatch-held-oman-0  Shark identification training for workshop participants at the fish market provided by Dr. Rima Jabado A capacity building workshop to support the implementation of the Regional Observer Scheme of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) was … Continue reading

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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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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

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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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Cetaceans and western Indian Ocean tuna fisheries

Tropical tuna fisheries have expanded enormously in recent decades. Increased interactions with cetaceans are inevitable, and those in the western and central Indian Ocean are no exception. A new report from the region finds that there has been a widespread … Continue reading

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