Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Gulf of California Harbor Porpoise or Vaquita

The vaquita, more commonly known as the Gulf of California Harbor porpoise, is critically endangered.  The use by Mexican fishermen of gillnets is one of the primary concerns in preventing the accidental killing of these beautiful, playful sea mammals.  Approximately 150 to 560 of vaquitas exist today, and are predicted to become extinct by 2015 if their critically endangered status is not reversed.

The Mexican government is being petitioned to ban the use of gillnets by fishermen in order to remove one of the worst causes of the harbor porpoise's impending extinction.  To read more and sign the petition, visit ForceChange.

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