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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.
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