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Satellite Monitoring Could Help Protect Rare Vaquita Marina Dolphin In Mexico’s Sea Of Cortez

The Mexican government is using a satellite monitoring system that tracks small fishing boats to help protect an endangered dolphin in the Sea of Cortez.

The Upper Gulf of California is home to the vaquita marina, or “little sea cow.” It’s the world’s smallest porpoise, and with as few as 15 left in the Sea of Cortez, it’s also the rarest marine mammal.

The Mexican government has implemented strict fishing regulations in the Sea of Cortez to protect the small dolphin. Now it’s started using a satellite monitoring system to help enforce those rules, says Melissa Garren.

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October 4th, 2018|Gulf of California, News|Comments Off on Satellite Monitoring Could Help Protect Rare Vaquita Marina Dolphin In Mexico’s Sea Of Cortez

International Save the Vaquita Day

July 7 2018

The first Saturday after the 4th of July has been designated as International Save the Vaquita Day!! This is intended to be an annual event similar to Earth Day, but with a specific focus on raising awareness and appreciation of the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita (Phocoena sinus). Events around the globe direct the attention of people to the plight of this tiny porpoise species, and what needs to be done to save it from extinction. There are booths, games, music, free prizes, educational brochures, inspirational talks, face painting, and several life-size […]

April 3rd, 2018|Gulf of California, News|Comments Off on International Save the Vaquita Day

Eleventh hour support for vaquitas at CITES meeting but urgent action still needed on tackling illegal wildlife trade globally

The 69th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has come to a close in Geneva(Dec) having tackled the largest agenda with the largest number of participants ever.

From WWF Global

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February 21st, 2018|Gulf of California, International Connections, News|Comments Off on Eleventh hour support for vaquitas at CITES meeting but urgent action still needed on tackling illegal wildlife trade globally

The Gulf Of Mexico’s Dead Zone Is The Biggest Ever Seen

From NPR’s Morning Edition(8/3/17)

It has become a rite of summer. Every year, a “dead zone” appears in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s an area where water doesn’t have enough oxygen for fish to survive. And every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration commissions scientists to venture out into the Gulf to measure it.

This week, NOAA announced that this year’s dead zone is the biggest one ever measured. It covers 8,776 square miles — an area the size of New Jersey. And it’s adding fuel to a debate over whether state and federal governments are […]

August 9th, 2017|Gulf of California|Comments Off on The Gulf Of Mexico’s Dead Zone Is The Biggest Ever Seen