Despite efforts to combat its population decline, a newly developed network of acoustic detectors has confirmed that there is an alarming 34 percent per year decline of the endangered vaquita porpoise in Mexico. A study in the journal Conservation Biology has revealed this devastating statistic.
The number of the world's smallest and most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita, has plummeted to less than 100, despite efforts of the Mexican government to save its species.
Bycatch threatens several species of dolphins and porpoises with extinction. To mitigate the effects of accidental catches, Mexican authorities have instated an emergency two-year ban on gillnetting.
Mexico has begun a survey of the world's most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise of Mexico's Gulf of California. The scientific team will include Mexico, the U.S., Germany and the United Kingdom.
A newly launched search in Mexico's Sea of Cortez has reportedly found several vaquita marina porpoises, one of the most critically endangered animals in the world. This reassures conservationists that the vaquita isn't extinct yet. However, that doesn't mean the tiny animals are in good shape.
The vaquita, a very small porpoise in the Gulf of Mexico, is even more endangered than previously thought, say scientists.