On behalf of members of a multi-stakeholder consortium, VaquitaCPR, organized through the National Marine Mammal Foundation, I want to thank you for your recent donation in support of urgent action for vaquita conservation.
The vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is the world’s smallest and most endangered marine mammal, found only in a limited area of the northern part of Mexico’s Gulf of California. With current population estimates at only about 30 individuals, thank you for helping us act quickly.
The biggest threat to the vaquita is being trapped in gillnets used to catch shrimp and the endangered and illegally traded totoaba, a finfish. Your support will help VaquitaCPR and its collaborators work with colleagues across the NGO, academic, and Mexican and U.S. government communities to launch an urgent and unprecedented effort. Bringing a number of individual animals into human care will help safeguard this species from imminent extinction.
It is your passion for the oceans and the life sustained within them that is fueling this important international project. We are deeply grateful for your partnership and look forward to bringing you encouraging news in the months and years ahead.
Dr. Cynthia Smith
National Marine Mammal Foundation, Executive Director
VaquitaCPR, General Program Manager