This gulf update and status report brings more awareness to the critically endangered Vaquita project. Land & Water Co. has raised money and awareness to stop the extermination of this species and protect our waters.
The vaquita porpoise is considered by many to be the rarest species of marine mammal in the world – it is critically endangered, at imminent risk of extinction. It is estimated that as few as 97 vaquitas remain, living only in the warm waters of the northernmost tip of the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortéz), near Baja California, Mexico. The smallest of all seven porpoise species, it is also the smallest cetacean in the world. The vaquita, which means “little cow” in Spanish, is also known as the “smiley panda of the sea” due to its signature dark marks around its eyes and mouth.
Vaquitas have a comparatively short lifespan of approximately 20 years, and have never been held in captivity. With a slower rate of reproduction than that of other porpoises – giving birth to only one calf every two years – these petite porpoises are being wiped out far quicker than they can reproduce. Please click to watch the video and share this important message.
To learn more about the Presidential Initiative on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud please CLICK HERE. From now until June 8th the administration is seeking public input in determining fish species “at risk” of these illegal activities. Please click on the PDF link to download the NOAA Taskforce Report PDF.
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