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Groups urge pressure on Mexico to save tiny vaquita porpoise

Groups urge pressure on Mexico to save tiny vaquita porpoise

Technology
Environmental groups are asking the U.S. government and international organizations to pressure Mexico to do more to save the vaquita marina porpoise, the world's most endangered marine mammalByThe Associated PressApril 1, 2021, 8:31 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMEXICO CITY -- Environmental groups called Thursday for an international ban on trade in a range of Mexican seafood and wildlife, seeking to force Mexico to do more to save the vaquita marina porpoise, the world’s most endangered marine mammal.The United States already has an embargo on imports of shrimp from the upper Gulf of California. Also known as the Sea of Cortez, the body of water is the only place where the vaquita lives, and as few as 10 remain.The Natural Resources Defense Council, the...
Vaquita porpoise: Dolphins deployed to save rare species

Vaquita porpoise: Dolphins deployed to save rare species

Science
Mexico's government says it plans to use dolphins trained by the US Navy to try to save the world's most endangered marine species, the vaquita porpoise. Environment Minister Rafael Pacchiano said that the dolphins would be deployed to locate and herd vaquitas into a marine refuge. Mexico also permanently banned fishing nets blamed for the vaquitas' decline.Scientists estimate that fewer than 40 of the mammals are still alive in their habitat, in the Gulf of California. Mr Pacchiano said the dolphin project would begin in September."We've spent the past year working alongside the US Navy with a group of dolphins they had trained to search for missing scuba divers," he told Formula radio."We've been training them to locate the vaquitas."We have to guarantee we capture the largest possible n...