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Vaquita news from the SMM Conservation Committee

Despite serious efforts by the government of Mexico that warranted the Society’s first Conservation Merit Prize, vaquitas have continued to decline at a high rate. Papers describing the decline from 2011-2015 and the 2015 abundance estimate are now published and available by OpenAccess. The recovery team (CIRVA—Comité Internacional para la Recuperación de la Vaquita) reiterated the need for gillnets to be […]

Vaquita story on 60 Minutes this Sunday at 7pm…spread the word!

At 7 pm on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 60 Minutes will air a segment on vaquita. The crew came to San Felipe and interviewed Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho and Barbara Taylor during the 2015 vaquita survey. They also filmed the presentation of the SMM Conservation Merit Prize and interviewed Mexico’s Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources […]

Vaquita sightings on Mexican Expedition inspire hope

The mood on the R/V Ocean Starr was jubilation and relief. After the first four days of a 64 day survey, two vaquitas were spotted swimming in calm waters near the fishing village of San Felipe. The next day the survey was launched by the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources Rafael Pacchiano Alamán […]

Vaquita gillnet ban begins April 29, 2015

On 16 April 2015, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced a plan to increase enforcement, ban gillnets for 2 years within the range of vaquita and compensate the fishermen during the first visit by any Mexican President to San Felipe. The town is one of the two main fishing centers bordering the new gillnet exclusion […]

Presidential Letter on Vaquita

Excelentísimo Señor Peña Nieto Presidente de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos Los Pinos, México   Excelentísimo Señor Martinez y Martinez Secretario de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación   December 22, 2014 Excelentísimo Señor Presidente, Excelentísimo Señor Secretario: The Society for Marine Mammalogy has contacted the Government of Mexico 5 times since 1998 with the […]

Last Call for the Vaquita

The report of the fifth meeting of the Comité Internacional para la Recuperación de la Vaquita (CIRVA V) put forth strong recommendations that, if heeded, will give the greatest chance of recovery for the critically endangered vaquita. The CIRVA V report makes clear that with fewer than 100 individuals remaining, declining at 18.5%/year, time is […]

Response to letter to President Nieto Regarding the Vaquita

The following is a response to my letter addressed to the President of Mexico, Mr. Enrique Pena Nieto, in which I asked for the Mexican government to use alternative fishing tools for the artisan netting fishing overlapping the distribution of the Vaquita. Mazatlán, Sinaloa, May 21th 2013. HELENE MARSH I refer to your attentive letter […]

New Presidential Commission to Save Vaquita Takes First Steps

The first meetings of the Comisión Asesora de la Presidencia de México para la Recuperación de la Vaquita (Advisory Commission of the Presidency of Mexico for the Recovery of the Vaquita) were held in Mexico City in February and March of this year, and significant actions are under way. Ing. Juan José Guerra Abud, Secretario […]

Letter to President Nieto Regarding the Vaquita

18 December, 2012 Sr. Enrique Peña Nieto Presidente Constitucional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos Presidencia de la República, Residencia Oficial de los Pinos Co. San Miguel Chapultepec 11850 México, D.F. México Dear Mr. President, The Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM), the European Cetacean Society (ECS) and the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) would like to […]

Vaquita in the Upper Gulf of California

Dr. Adrián Fernández Presidente, Instituto Nacional de Ecología SEMARNAT Av. Anillo Periférico 5000 Col. Insurgentes Cuicuilco Delegación Coyoacán México, DF 04530 April 22, 2010 Dear Dr. Fernández: The Board of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) has been following with great interest recovery efforts undertaken by your Government to conserve the highly endangered vaquita (Phocoena […]