World Wildlife FundAction Center

Urge Mexico to Save the Vaquita Porpoise

Vaquita porpoise

The world’s smallest porpoise is on the brink of extinction. Found only in the Upper Gulf of California in Mexico, the vaquita population continues to decline due to the use of gillnet fishing gear in their habitat. Although the gillnets are targeting shrimp and fish, vaquitas get caught in them and drown. It is likely that fewer than 200 individuals remain today.

Mexico has made efforts to protect the vaquita over the years--reducing gillnet fishing, helping to introduce alternative gear, and creating a vaquita protected area. Unfortunately, these efforts have not been enough.

The Mexican government must ban deadly gillnets from the porpoise’s habitat in order to ensure the survival of this species. The vaquita will most likely go extinct unless these nets are removed.

Please ask Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, to save the vaquita by banning gillnets from their habitat and converting the entire fishing fleet to vaquita-safe methods.

Thank you! You have already taken action on this alert.

Here are other ways you can help save our living planet:

  • Urge your friends to speak out. Spread the word through email and your favorite social networks:

  • Support WWF. Donate to support WWF's conservation work to help save animals like pandas, tigers, elephants, sea turtles, and gorillas.

    Donate Now

  • Take more action.

Big Cat Public Safety Act - 117th Congress
Ask your Members of Congress cosponsor the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which would help ensure that the US does its part in the fight against illegal tiger trade.
Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act
More than 8.3 billion tons of plastic now exists. Plastic is found almost everywhere on our planet. The Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act was introduced in Congress with a plan to curb plastic pollution and hold all stakeholders accountable.
Keep products from illegally deforested land from entering the US. Ask Congress to support the FOREST Act today, and help protect forests and critical ecosystems.