IMATA (International Marine Mammal Trainers Association) has put up a fundraising campaign for an urgent rescue of the last remaining 30 vaquitas. The vaquita is a very rare species of porpoise, the most endangered marine mammal in the world. The species is endemic to the Gulf of California. Many vaquitas has been stuck in gillnets which is now threatening them to extinction.
The Consortium for Vaquita Conservation, Protection, and Rescue (VaquitaCPR) has developed a bold conservation plan aimed at preventing the animal’s extinction. The emergency action plan was adopted by the Mexican government’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). The plan will be implemented in tandem with Mexico’s ongoing efforts to end illegal fishing and remove gillnets from the Upper Gulf of California. Under the plan, animals will be located, rescued, housed, and cared for by animal specialists and veterinarians. A sanctuary sea pen will be constructed. The vaquitas will be released once their habitat is free of gillnets.
Implementation of this ambitious conservation plan is estimated to cost more than $3.7 million in 2017 alone and could take several years. There is an urgent need for immediate funding of $1 million by March 15 so the project’s timeline can stay on track.
All donations (up to $ 5000) are doubled instantly by IMATA. Let’s come together for the last remaining vaquitas.
The IMATA fundraising has ended but we still keep on going. We have to safe the Vaquita.