CITES Conference Report Mexico

On May 28-29th by invitation of SEMARNAT, Mexico’s Environment Ministry, Sea Shepherd attended a High Level Mission meeting organized by CITES focusing on the urgent situation of the totoaba bass and the vaquita marina at SEMAR NAVAL AVIATION BASE in La Paz, Mexico. During this session, Captain Locky MacLean (Sea Shepherd Campaigns and Ship Operations Director) and Eva Hidalgo (Sea Shepherd Science Coordinator) were able to present an update from the field outlining the importance of Operation Milagro, an ongoing campaign to protect the critically endangered vaquita porpoise from extinction. Data from the field will help the CITES Secretariat make crucial recommendations to Mexico, to assist the challenges the nation’s endangered wild life faces in the Upper Gulf of California.

Sea Shepherd Statement regarding the events in the Vaquita habitat on March 28th, 2019

EN ESPANOL {link to scroll down to Spanish version}

On the morning of March 28th, 2019, Sea Shepherd ships were conducting routine patrols in the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico, when an illegal totoaba gillnet was identified. While following the protocol of retrieving the illegal net, a skiff headed towards the M/V Sharpie at full speed.