World’s smallest porpoise ‘at the edge of extinction’ as illegal gillnets take toll

The Extinction Chronicles

Now only 60 of Mexico’s vaquita marina left despite the navy enforcing a ban on the fishing net, latest study shows

There are just 60 vaquita marina left in the wild, according the the latest estimate.
 There are just 60 vaquita marina left in the wild, according the the latest estimate. Photograph: Ho New/Reuters

Environmentalists warned on Friday that Mexico’s vaquita marina, the world’s smallest porpoise, was close to extinction as the government reported that only 60 were now left.

The population has dramatically dropped despite the arrival of navy reinforcements in the upper Gulf of California in April 2015 to enforce a ban on fishing gillnets blamed for the vaquita’s death.

The porpoise’s population had already fallen to fewer than 100 in 2014, down from 200 in 2012, according to the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA), a global group of scientists.

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