Helping the World’s Smallest Porpoise
On June 6, the Mexican government announced it would begin phasing out drift gillnets used for shrimp fishing in the upper Gulf of California, and substituting them with more selective and vaquita-friendly fishing gear. This alternative gear—developed and tested in part by WWF—reduces bycatch of the critically endangered vaquita porpoise while allowing fishers to continue earning their livelihoods.
WWF has been working for many years to address the threat of bycatch on the vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise. At the beginning of 2013, we organized a global petition to urge the Mexican government to ban gillnets from the vaquita’s marine habitat. More than 38,000 people from 127 countries and territories participated in this effort to save the vaquita from extinction.
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