Mexican sailors, cruise planes and conservationists are exploring the California Gulf in a race to the fullest to save the world’s unidentified marine mammal from extinction.
The Mexican warship and the marine company Sea Shepherd are working together to prevent the vaquita porpoise – which Leonardo DiCaprio listed among its most famous defenders – from extinction forever.
The situation is very serious, because the neck nets used to catch totoaba, a large fish whose swimming pool can fetch thousands of dollars in China because it is considered a medicinal plant.
The navy increased its scrutiny in January amid criticism from the United States that Mexico was not doing enough to control vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise.
The announcement came after researchers discovered eight specimens of the mammal – dubbed the “panda of the sea” because of the free black circles around its eyes – between October and and November.
It is estimated that more than 20 people are stranded in a small area in the California Gulf, the only place in the world where vaquita, like the Sea Shepherd, is found.
Navy personnel and mobilizers from the conservation team monitor the area on a daily basis, looking for flawless nets and preventing fishermen from approaching “zero. tolerance zone. “
In the skies over the skies, seaplanes search for ships sailing in forbidden waters, in the latest episode of “Operation Miracle” —released by Sea Shepherd in 2015 to try to save the vaquita.
“The actions that we’ve seen, really seen in the last three or four months, are that vaquita has had the best time they’ve had in years,” he said. by Sea Shepherd Chief Chuck Lindsey to the news.
Looking at the site for the media, according to AFP, the Mexican navy said it has had 70 nets so far this year, compared to 172 for 2021.
The nets create invisible barriers under the water that can be hundreds of feet long and trap not only traps but also vaquitas, whales, fish, sharks and sea turtles. according to Sea Shepherd.
“We’re seeing a significant reduction in fault nets in the water, we know vaquita is a time of struggle,” Lindsey said.
Conservationists have previously been involved in some violent clashes with fishermen while working with Mexican officials to remove legal nets.
The vaquita grows to a length of about 1.5 meters (five feet) and weighs 50 kilograms (110 pounds).
It has been listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature since 1996.
In 2019, UNESCO added the California Bay and protected areas to the World Heritage in Danger list out of fear of extinction.
From the early hours of the morning, Mexican officials would find the fishermen in the California Gulf with the papers they needed, and then inspect their nets.
But “they have to look beyond the wreckage. There are a lot of boats that don’t have permits,” fisherman Roberto Lopez told reporters during the inspection.
Officials washed the beach for the nets that had been washed ashore.
The world’s attention to the vaquita disaster grew after DiCaprio in 2017 asked his millions of online business followers to sign a petition calling on the president Mexico at the time Enrique Pena Nieto would work again to prevent porpoise.
Last August, the Hollywood star sued the government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for abandoning the vaquita, “ensuring that 10 or more popoises die in gillnets.”
The preservation of the vaquita has also been a source of diplomatic strife.
In February, the United States called for talks with Mexico under a North American free trade agreement on efforts to prevent tariffs.
This is the first time the government has requested the language of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which began in July 2020.
Without a decision, the move from Washington could lead to a hike in prices, even though U.S. officials at the time said it was the first time to discuss sanctions.
Meanwhile, the Mexican government has vowed to abstain at all times for vaquita.
“What the navy has done, like everywhere else, is to protect the environment. We’re working here every day,” Admiral Luis Javier Robinson said. to the AFP.
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