Taken from Center for Biological Diversity
Thirty months — that’s all the time scientists say we have to save the world’s smallest porpoise from extinction. Fewer than 100 vaquitas now remain in Mexico’s Gulf of California, and tragically dozens are drowning each year in fishing nets.
In some cases the problem nets are set out by shrimp fishermen. But increasingly poachers are out too, hoping to catch a giant fish called the totoaba, which is also endangered. The totoaba’s swim bladder is used to make a soup in China believed to have medicinal properties — and a single bladder can now fetch $14,000 USD, a price that’s brought drug cartels into the trade.
In 2005, the upper Gulf of California was designated as a World Heritage site to protect the area’s extraordinary biodiversity — yet both the vaquita and totoaba face extinction if gillnet fishing continues.
Act now to sign our petition urging the World Heritage Committee to declare the Gulf of California site as “in danger” — to pressure Mexico to take action for these species and to garner international attention and funding.