Saving the Vaquita Porpoise

The world’s most endangered marine mammal

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The vaquita is an endemic species of porpoise found only in a small region in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California. Illegal fishing is responsible for the decline of this species, whose numbers have plummeted to fewer than 20 individuals.

Since 2015, Sea Shepherd has worked with Mexican authorities and leading researchers to save the vaquita and remove the illegal fishing gear that plagues the Vaquita Refuge – a UNESCO-recognized and federally protected area in which gillnet fishing is banned. Six ships from the Sea Shepherd fleet – the Martin Sheen, the Farley Mowat, the Age of Union, the John Paul DeJoria, the White Holly, and the Sharpie – have collectively removed over 1,000 pieces of illegal fishing gear from the refuge to date, directly saving the lives of over 4,000 fish, rays, sharks and other creatures of the sea, giving the vaquita a fighting chance at survival.

Every moment, every gillnet, and every remaining vaquita can mean the difference between survival and extinction for this rare cetacean. Your support can help save a species.

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Mexico and Sea Shepherd Partner to Save Vaquita Porpoise

Sea Shepherd’s scientific and anti-poaching campaigns resume through a new agreement with the Mexican government…
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Sea Shepherd Removes over 1000 Pieces of Illegal Fishing Gear from Vaquita Habitat