Sea Shepherd Reveals Unbridled Poaching as 80 Skiffs Raid Habitat of Critically Endangered Vaquita Porpoise

In flagrant disregard for federal law, dozens of skiffs fishing with illegal gillnets swarmed the protected waters home to the most endangered marine mammal in the world this week.

Sea Shepherd Supports Mexican Navy During Dawn Raid Seizing 16 Illegal Totoaba Gillnets

SAN FELIPE, November 12th, 2019 – The Mexican Navy (SEMAR) along with Mexico’s National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), agents from the Office of the Federal Attorney General for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), agents from the National Commission on Fisheries and Aquaculture (CONAPESCA), and Federal Police (Policia Federal), supported by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s M/V Farley Mowat, conducted a joint operation over the weekend to remove illegal totoaba fishing gear from the waters south of San Felipe.

Sea Shepherd Supports Mexican Navy During Dawn Raid Seizing 16 Illegal Totoaba Gillnets

SAN FELIPE, November 12th, 2019 – The Mexican Navy (SEMAR) along with Mexico’s National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), agents from the Office of the Federal Attorney General for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), agents from the National Commission on Fisheries and Aquaculture (CONAPESCA), and Federal Police (Policia Federal), supported by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s M/V Farley Mowat, conducted a joint operation over the weekend to remove illegal totoaba fishing gear from the waters south of San Felipe.

Sea Shepherd hauls ghost net marking start of Operation Milagro VI

Crew members on board the Farley Mowat have marked the end of a scientific cetacean spotting expedition led by Mexico’s CONANP, and the start of Operation Milagro VI with the retrieval of the organization’s first gillnet of the season inside the vaquita refuge, a federally protected sanctuary for the world’s most endangered cetacean.

In collaboration with the Mexican Navy (SEMAR), Museo de la Ballena y Ciencias del Mar, local co-operative Pesca ABC and agents from PROFEPA (Federal Environmental Prosecutor for the Environment),  Sea Shepherd crew members have retrieved their first illegal totoaba gillnet inside the critical zone of the Biosphera del Alto Golfo y del Rio Colorado, a rectangular shaped 150 square kilometer area, a few miles offshore from the town of San Felipe, Baja, Mexico.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is back in the Upper Gulf of California to continue its nearly five year commitment, under a new agreement with PROFEPA, to protect the vaquita porpoise from becoming ensnared in gillnets, as the species teeters on the brink of extinction.

Sea Shepherd hauls ghost net marking start of Operation Milagro VI

Crew members on board the Farley Mowat have marked the end of a scientific cetacean spotting expedition led by Mexico’s CONANP, and the start of Operation Milagro VI with the retrieval of the organization’s first gillnet of the season inside the vaquita refuge, a federally protected sanctuary for the world’s most endangered cetacean.

In collaboration with the Mexican Navy (SEMAR), Museo de la Ballena y Ciencias del Mar, local co-operative Pesca ABC and agents from PROFEPA (Federal Environmental Prosecutor for the Environment),  Sea Shepherd crew members have retrieved their first illegal totoaba gillnet inside the critical zone of the Biosphera del Alto Golfo y del Rio Colorado, a rectangular shaped 150 square kilometer area, a few miles offshore from the town of San Felipe, Baja, Mexico.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is back in the Upper Gulf of California to continue its nearly five year commitment, under a new agreement with PROFEPA, to protect the vaquita porpoise from becoming ensnared in gillnets, as the species teeters on the brink of extinction.

Sea Shepherd Signs New Marine Conservation Agreement with Mexican Government

MEXICO CITY, October 25th, 2019-In an official signing presided over by Dra. Blanca Mendoza Vera, Mexico’s Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society officially entered into a new agreement to support the protection and care of marine wildlife in Mexican waters.

The meeting marks heightened cooperation and collaboration between the marine conservation group and Mexico’s PROFEPA, the enforcement arm of SEMARNAT (Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources).

Captain Locky MacLean, Sea Shepherd’s Director of Campaigns and Maritime Operations, stated “Sea Shepherd is grateful for this opportunity for increased collaboration in the protection and care of Mexico’s marine species and protected areas”, concluding “we take this responsibility very seriously, and look forward to the positive results this bolstered partnership will bring in the field”.

Sea Shepherd has been present in the Upper Gulf of California protecting the vaquita porpoise since 2015 as part of Operation Milagro. Less than 22 vaquitas remain alive. The main threat to the tiny cetacean is illegal totoaba gillnet fishing.

Sea Shepherd Signs New Marine Conservation Agreement with Mexican Government

MEXICO CITY, October 25th, 2019-In an official signing presided over by Dra. Blanca Mendoza Vera, Mexico’s Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society officially entered into a new agreement to support the protection and care of marine wildlife in Mexican waters.

The meeting marks heightened cooperation and collaboration between the marine conservation group and Mexico’s PROFEPA, the enforcement arm of SEMARNAT (Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources).

Captain Locky MacLean, Sea Shepherd’s Director of Campaigns and Maritime Operations, stated “Sea Shepherd is grateful for this opportunity for increased collaboration in the protection and care of Mexico’s marine species and protected areas”, concluding “we take this responsibility very seriously, and look forward to the positive results this bolstered partnership will bring in the field”.

Sea Shepherd has been present in the Upper Gulf of California protecting the vaquita porpoise since 2015 as part of Operation Milagro. Less than 22 vaquitas remain alive. The main threat to the tiny cetacean is illegal totoaba gillnet fishing.