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The Sea Shepherd environmental group has published a video of an attack by about two dozen small fishing boats on the vessel Farley Mowat in Mexico’s Gulf of California. Fishermen in the Gulf, also known as the Sea of Cortez, have long complained about environmentalists trying to protect the vaquita marina, the world’s smallest and...
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A group of prominent scientists issued an appeal Wednesday to Mexico’s new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, calling on him to take the unprecedented step of outlawing the possession of gill nets in the upper Gulf of California to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. The vaquita is the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise,...
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Experts want to enclose a small area of the Gulf of California where the critically endangered vaquita porpoise remains after they sighted about a half dozen of the elusive creatures in September. One was a mother with her second new calf in two years. Vaquitas usually only reproduce once every two years. Some researchers want...
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A judge in Mexico ordered the release Friday of a man accused of illegal fishing that endangers the world’s smallest porpoise. The arrest of Oscar Parra in September had been depicted as an advance in efforts to save the critically endangered vaquita marina, of which fewer than 30 remain. Instead, it has proved an embarrassment....
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Environmental authorities in Mexico say they have denied permits for a proposed hotel near one of Mexico’s most important sea turtle nesting beaches on the Caribbean. The 520-room hotel project would have erected 23 buildings and an artificial lake on property just inland from the Xcacel beach, north of the resort of Tulum. The federal...
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In the swampy wetlands of southern Mexico, officials and researchers are struggling to explain the deaths of dozens of manatees, the chubby marine mammals once confused with mermaids by ancient mariners. Fishermen who navigate the muddy waters inland from the coast of Tabasco state have discovered since May at least 28 dead West Indian manatees,...
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Activists and artists in Mexico held a mournful, dirge-like procession Saturday for the critically endangered vaquita porpoise as the species’ numbers fell below 30. With drums, chimes and a carved vaquita skull, hundreds of people made their way through a downtown Mexico City park. Organizers said the procession wasn’t a funeral for the vaquita, but...
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Researchers were thrilled to have captured one of the few remaining vaquita porpoises, but announced Sunday that the adult female died after a few hours in captivity in a floating pen, raising questions about the last-ditch effort to enclose the world’s smallest porpoises to save them from extinction. Critics, and even supporters of the international...
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Researchers trying to catch and enclose the last survivors of the vaquita porpoise species captured a calf but released it because it was too young to survive without its mother. Mexico’s Environment Department said veterinarians determined the calf was too young and experts said it was showing signs of stress after capture. The experts with...
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An effort to capture the few remaining vaquita porpoises in Mexico’s Gulf of California will start next week. Mexican authorities and an international group of experts say they will set out on Oct. 12 in small boats to find the elusive marine mammals with the assistance of trained dolphins. Despite Mexico’s campaign to help the...
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Mexico is one of the few countries that has fulfilled its commitment to decree the protection of 10 percent of marine and coastal areas before the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. The head of the Environmental Development and Regulation Deputy Ministry, Cuauhtémoc Ochoa Fernández, affirmed the above during his participation in the forum Conservation...
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Conservation groups said Monday that the Mexican government’s lack of action is to blame for the near-extinction of the critically endangered vaquita marina porpoise. The groups said the National Fisheries Commission didn’t supervise fishing season rules and improperly increased catch quotas in the upper Gulf of California. They said the commission also failed to give...
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Mexico’s government has enlisted the help of three trained dolphins to locate in the wild their less fortunate cousin, the rare vaquita porpoise, in an effort to bring back from the brink of extinction a species with fewer than 40 specimens left. In January we reported the U.S. Navy was working with Mexico and training...
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The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) reported that the federal government will allocate up to $3 million dollars to start the vaquita rescue emergency plan. The plan will be managed through the Project Vaquita CPR (Conservation, Protection and Recovery) and consists in transferring some specimens of this species to a temporary sanctuary. In...
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Dozens of fishermen have burned a boat as part of a threat to force out a ship operated by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Mexico’s Gulf of California. Sea Shepherd has been removing illegal and abandoned nets that endanger the vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise. Illegal fishing for the totoaba, another species, has reduced...
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