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With an estimated population of just over 10 individuals, the vaquita is on the verge of extinction. Take action for this species!


The vaquita is a small porpoise native to the northern part of the Gulf of California, and it is currently the most critically endangered marine mammal in the world1.

With an estimated population of just over 10 individuals, the vaquita is on the verge of extinction, and urgent action is needed to save this species from disappearing forever2.

One of the main challenges faced by the vaquita is the loss of its habitat. The Gulf of California is home to a diverse array of marine life, including many commercial fish species, but it is also heavily impacted by human activity3. Overfishing, pollution, and the construction of dams and other infrastructure projects have all contributed to the decline of the vaquita's habitat4.

Another major threat to the vaquita is entanglement in fishing gear. The vaquita is a small and elusive creature, and it is often caught accidentally by fishermen using gillnets to target other species5.

Gillnets are mesh nets that are set in the water to catch fish. They are often used to target species such as tuna and sardines, but they can also be dangerous for other marine life, including the vaquita. Because the nets are difficult to see in the water, the vaquita can become trapped and suffocate before it can be released6.

So what can be done to save the vaquita from extinction?

One of the key strategies is to protect and restore the vaquita's habitat. This could involve creating marine protected areas, enforcing fishing regulations, and reducing pollution7. Another important step is to develop and promote alternative fishing methods that do not rely on gillnets, such as hook and line fishing8.

In addition to these conservation efforts, it is also important to raise awareness about the vaquita and its plight. Many people are unaware of the existence of this species, let alone the challenges it faces. By educating the public and building support for conservation efforts, we can help ensure that the vaquita has a future9.

Take the Pledge to Save the Vaquita and help us prevent this critically endangered species from going extinct!

More on this issue:

  1. NOAA Fisheries (22 November 2022), "Vaquita."
  2. World Wildlife Fund (2023), "Facts."
  3. University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (9 December 2008), "Expeditions Reveal Gulf Of California's Deep Sea Secrets, As Well As Human Imprints."
  4. Porpoise.org, "Why is the vaquita endangered?"
  5. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (27 December 2022), "Operation MIlagro Reduces Illegal Fishing Activity in Vaquita Habitat by 72%."
  6. VaquitaCPR, "The Problems."
  7. Environmental Investigation Agency UK (2023), "Preventing the extinction of the vaquita."
  8. Southwest Fisheries Science Center (22 November 2022), "Vaquita Conservation and Abundance."
  9. World Wildlife Fund (9 May 2017), "The vaquita: 5 Facts about the most endangered marine mammal."
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The Pledge:

With an estimated population of just over 10 individuals, the vaquita is on the verge of extinction, and urgent action is needed to save this species from disappearing forever.

As such, I pledge to support one or more of the following actions to save the vaquita from extinction:

  1. Help to reduce pollution

I pledge to help to reduce pollution in the Gulf of California and other marine environments by properly disposing of waste, using environmentally-friendly products, and conserving water.

  1. Educate yourself

I pledge to educate myself and others about the vaquita and the issues it faces, and share this information with your friends and family.

  1. Support sustainable fishing practices

I pledge to support sustainable fishing practices and choose seafood that is caught using methods that are less harmful to the vaquita and other marine life.

  1. Use your voice

I pledge to use my voice to advocate for the vaquita and other endangered species. I will write letters to my elected representatives, join a conservation group, or participate in local events to raise awareness about the vaquita's plight.

  1. Support the creation of marine habitats

I pledge to support the creation of marine protected areas in the vaquita's habitat, and help to enforce existing regulations that protect these areas.

  1. Get involved

I pledge to get involved in local conservation efforts and volunteer my time and resources to help protect the vaquita and its habitat.

  1. Spread the word

I pledge to spread the word about the vaquita and its need for protection, and encourage others to join me in these efforts. Together, we can make a difference and help to save the vaquita from extinction.

  1. Support organizations that are protecting the vaquita

I pledge to support organizations that are working to protect and conserve the vaquita and its habitat, including Greater Good Charities and Project Peril. Donations to this program are crucial in supporting the rescue of vaquitas and sea lions entangled in nets and trash, help educate local fishers about the importance of safe fishing practices, and even take them on rescues to see firsthand the torture these animals go through.

The vaquita is a unique and fascinating species, and it is worth saving.

I hereby pledge to save the Vaquita and help this critically endangered porpoise recover and thrive once again.

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