UN Names Vaquita Porpoise Habitat in Mexico 'In Danger'
With as few as 10 vaquita porpoises left in the world, the United Nation's World Heritage Committee has declared their Gulf of California habitat as officially "in danger." The designation is a response to a 2015 petition filed by the Center and allies.
The small cetaceans have been driven toward extinction, in large part, by the illegal catch of a fish called totoaba, which is also endangered.
"This designation is a crucial step toward saving the last surviving vaquitas from deadly gillnets, but Mexico still has to act," said Alejandro Olivera, the Center's Mexico representative. "And it has to act now."
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