Category Archives: entanglements

Totoaba season ends with 400 active totoaba gillnets removed

Although efforts to remove lethal gillnets from the vaquita’s habitat will continue, the totoaba spawning season is now past.  With fewer than 30 vaquitas remaining and the idea of rescuing some by capturing them and placing them in a protected … Continue reading

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Over 800 totoaba swim bladders seized– April 2018 Vaquita update

In several separate enforcement actions, over 800 totoaba swim bladders were seized in April 2018 (see news article).  An in-depth television news story on the illegal totoaba fishery and enforcement efforts was also released (available in Spanish here). On 12 … Continue reading

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First vaquita found dead in 2018 – March 2018 Update

On March 27 the Mexican Navy recovered a decomposed vaquita. A necropsy was conducted on April 4 and it was confirmed that the animal died from entanglement (see Necropsy Report). The net removal effort continues With fewer than 30 vaquitas … Continue reading

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Insights into Critically Endangered Mekong Dolphin Genetics and What This Means for Conservation

New research has shed light on the genetics of critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River. The results are interesting, concerning, hopeful, and a call to action. The study brought together samples collected between 2000 and 2009 and the … Continue reading

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Cooperative Net Removal Efforts Increase to Save Vaquitas

The net removal effort, started by Sea Shepherd’s Operation Milagro in collaboration with the Mexican Navy in 2015, is building to become the biggest yet in the totoaba season currently under way. The initial Sea Shepherd/Navy effort focused on observing … Continue reading

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