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Presidential Letter to President Obrador Response Regarding Vaquita

See letter received from Director General Gonzalez Azuara regarding SMM’s 9 November 2019 Presidential Letter about the vaquita. See the version of this letter sent in Spanish on March 13, 2020 See the version of this letter sent in English on March 13, 2020 Dear President López Obrador, On 9 November 2019 I wrote, on […]

E-book of VAQUITA: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez is ONLY $0.99

From the SMM Conservation Committee: For a limited time, the e-book of VAQUITA: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez is ONLY $0.99. Yes, it’s practically free! This temporary 97% price reduction came in response to the recent poaching scandal off San Felipe, Mexico. a 99c kindle version is available via For […]

Presidential Letter to Obrador Concerning the Vaquita

The following Presidential Letter was sent to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of México, on behalf of the Society for Marine Mammalogy on November 9, 2019 concerning the survival of the vaquita in the Sea of Cortez. See letter sent to President Obrador in English See letter sent to President Obrador in Spanish Lic. […]

Vaquita webinar (8 Nov 2018)

One-hour webinar, free and open to everyone Saving Vaquita: Considerations in the Race Against Extinction DATE: Thursday, November 8, 2018 TIME: 12:00 pm PST /1:00 pm MST /2:00 pm CST/ 3:00 pm EST REGISTER: here As Brooke Bessesen writes in her new book, Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez, “Conservation is […]

Vaquita news from the SMM Conservation Committee

Despite serious efforts by the government of Mexico that warranted the Society’s first Conservation Merit Prize, vaquitas have continued to decline at a high rate. Papers describing the decline from 2011-2015 and the 2015 abundance estimate are now published and available by OpenAccess. The recovery team (CIRVA—Comité Internacional para la Recuperación de la Vaquita) reiterated the need for gillnets to be […]

Vaquita story on 60 Minutes this Sunday at 7pm…spread the word!

At 7 pm on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 60 Minutes will air a segment on vaquita. The crew came to San Felipe and interviewed Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho and Barbara Taylor during the 2015 vaquita survey. They also filmed the presentation of the SMM Conservation Merit Prize and interviewed Mexico’s Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources […]

Vaquita sightings on Mexican Expedition inspire hope

The mood on the R/V Ocean Starr was jubilation and relief. After the first four days of a 64 day survey, two vaquitas were spotted swimming in calm waters near the fishing village of San Felipe. The next day the survey was launched by the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources Rafael Pacchiano Alamán […]

Vaquita gillnet ban begins April 29, 2015

On 16 April 2015, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced a plan to increase enforcement, ban gillnets for 2 years within the range of vaquita and compensate the fishermen during the first visit by any Mexican President to San Felipe. The town is one of the two main fishing centers bordering the new gillnet exclusion […]

Presidential Letter on Vaquita

Excelentísimo Señor Peña Nieto Presidente de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos Los Pinos, México   Excelentísimo Señor Martinez y Martinez Secretario de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación   December 22, 2014 Excelentísimo Señor Presidente, Excelentísimo Señor Secretario: The Society for Marine Mammalogy has contacted the Government of Mexico 5 times since 1998 with the […]