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Vaquita Marina Rescue, News From The Field

October 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Vaquita Marina Rescue, News From The Field

Today marks the first day of a historical effort to prevent the extinction of the world’s smallest and most endangered cetacean, the Gulf of California harbor porpoise, Phocoena sinus, commonly known as the vaquita marina, or little sea [...]

NY Times, 02/27/2017 – Before Vaquitas Vanish, A Desperate Bid to Save Them

60 Minutes  – Vaquita was featured on 60 Minutes on Sunday, 22 May. The segment aired at 8pm PST.  The preview is available at: Preview: The Last Vaquitas.  You can also connect via the CBS weblink www.60minutes.com, please note that you need a subscription to 60 Minutes All Access to view the full video.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/preview-the-last-vaquitas/

CNN – First up will be CNN International 9pm PST (which simulcasts on CNN US 12 Midnight).   This is one of two TV reports (English version). Next a significantly longer, more in depth DIGITAL version posts on CNN.COM sometime around 7am ET (Sunday). This has a video component and a very substantial text piece. And finally, throughout the day on Monday there is a second TV report for CNN En Espanol, which is obviously in Spanish.

SWFSC website – Read more about vaquita science and conservation at: https://swfsc.noaa.gov/MMTD-vaquita

Some of the recent press coverage of the CIRVA results:

AP / Mark Stevens 13 May, Mexico’s porpoise headed toward extinction

Los Angeles Times / Sandra Dibble 16 May 2016, Only 60 vaquita porpoises are left in Gulf of California, and gill-net fishing is to blame, experts say

New York Times / Elisabeth Malkin 14 May 2016, World’s Smallest Porpoise Slips Closer to Extinction

CNN / Omar Vidal 16 May 2016 (opinion piece), Mr. President, save Mexico’s ‘panda of the sea‘

Multi-Media

–          Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Mexico

–          IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group

–          Operation Milagro, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

–          Can the Vaquita be Saved from Extinction? NOAA Fisheries Podcast

–          West Coast Regional Office, NOAA Fisheries Flicker

–          Vaquita.tv, Saving the Desert Porpoise, Video

–          New video by Wild Len (released 17 May), Souls of the Vermillion Sea, Video

Publications

SEMARNAT (Mexican Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources)

Homepage of SEMARNAT see photo slider: http://www.semarnat.gob.mx/

SEMARNAT Press release:

Constata Titular de Semarnat presencia de vaquita marina en Alto Golfo de California

http://saladeprensa.semarnat.gob.mx/index.php/noticias/2254-constata-titular-de-semarnat-presencia-de-vaquita-marina-en-alto-golfo-de-california

 

SEMARNAT Flicker: https://www.flickr.com/photos/semarnat/sets/72157657015334074

SEMARNAT Twitter: https://twitter.com/SEMARNAT_mx

SAGARPA (Mexican Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Evalúan SEMARNAT, SEMAR y CONAPESCA el programa de protección a la vaquita marina en el Alto Golfo de California http://www.conapesca.gob.mx/wb/cona/1_de_octubre_de_2013_san_felipe_bc

SWFSC:

Mexico Launches Intensive Survey for Endangered Vaquita
https://swfsc.noaa.gov/news.aspx?ParentMenuId=147&id=20933

Mexican Expedition Sights Rare and Endangered Vaquita Porpoise

https://swfsc.noaa.gov/news.aspx?ParentMenuId=147&id=20959

For weekly updates from the field: Vaquita Expedition 2015

https://swfsc.noaa.gov/MMTD-vaquita2015

Flicker: https://flic.kr/s/aHskm7tWzg

For social media (NOAAFisheries and SEMARNAT) Fisheries Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: #Vaquita #VaquitaMarina #VaquitaExpedition2015 #ExpedicionVaquita2015 #SEMARNAT #NOAAFisheries #AltoGolfoCalifornia

SAGARPA (Mexican Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Evalúan SEMARNAT, SEMAR y CONAPESCA el programa de protección a la vaquita marina en el Alto Golfo de California http://www.conapesca.gob.mx/wb/cona/1_de_octubre_de_2013_san_felipe_bc

The story is getting some great Mexican press:

Ven señales de recuperación de vaquita marina – El Universial 1 Oct 2015

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