Category Archives: Vaquita

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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‘Extinction Is Imminent’: New report from Vaquita Recovery Team (CIRVA) is released

Analyses of visual sightings and acoustic detections of vaquitas during the range-wide survey last September-December have now been released, suggesting that only about 60 of these tiny ‘desert porpoises’ remain on the planet. And, despite an unprecedented effort by the … 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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Stronger protection needed to prevent imminent extinction of Mexican porpoise vaquita, new survey finds

Only about 60 vaquitas remain in the Gulf of California, according to a report presented this week to Mexico’s Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources and the governor of Baja California. This represents a decline of more than 92% … Continue reading

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December 2015 Vaquita Update

Members 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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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

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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

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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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