Helping the World’s Smallest Porpoise

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Critically endangered vaquita to benefit from new fishing regulation that reduces bycatch

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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Helping the World’s Smallest Porpoise


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About jensera

Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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