In a series of letters delivered yesterday, conservation organizations called on United States and international authorities use sanctions to pressure Mexico to save the vakita, whose population has dwindled to Remaining 10 in wild nature. Despite repeated promises over the decades, the Mexican government has failed to stop the use of deadly gillnets that entangle, drown and kill these porpoises. bringing them to extinction.
“Only the strongest international pressure will force Mexico to pull its deadly fishing nets out of the water before these little porpoises disappear forever,” said Sara Ulemann, director of the international program. Center for Biological Diversity. “For years, scientists, conservationists and local fishermen have asked the Mexican government to stop illegal fishing and finally save the vaquita. When the US government finally imposed an embargo on seafood from the Vaquita habitat, Mexico reacted but still hasn’t tightened control. Time for real action is running out. “
In a letter sent to Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) groups yesterday called on authorities to suspend trade in hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of Mexican wildlife, including reptiles, spiders, sea cucumbers and some shark species. Mexico continues to violate CITES allowing trade totoaba a large, endangered fish that is caught in Sea of Cortez the use of illegal gillnets to obfuscate little cow.
“The Mexican government received enough information and time to heed the warnings and recommendations of CITES, but was unable to correct the CITES violations in relation to totoaba and vaquita. Time is running out for the vakita and there is no reason for CITES not to act now with the most decisive action, ”said Claire Perry, head of the Ocean Campaign. Environmental Investigation Agency.
The groups also asked US government continue to ban Mexican seafood, including the highly lucrative trawl-caught shrimp imported from the Vakita habitat in Upper Gulf of California. The third letter asks that UNESCO World Heritage Committee maintain the vaquita habitat as “at risk,” along with a requirement from the Mexican government to submit a detailed management plan.
“Mexico has repeatedly broken its promises to protect vaquits from harm,” said DJ Schubert, a wildlife biologist at Institute for the Protection of Animals, at statement. “The situation under the current administration has reached a crisis level. Without decisive action and strict observance of Mexican fishing laws, the vaquita will die out in front of President López Obrador. “
Beginning with 2018, The United States has banned imports of seafood from the Vaquita habitat in the Upper Gulf of California to pressure the Mexican government to improve its conservation efforts. In an effort to lift the US embargo, Mexico issued new fisheries regulations in September but was unable to enforce those regulations. Conservationists constantly spot hundreds of small boats or pungs illegally fishing or crossing the vaquit refuge.
“For now, the disappearance of the vakita is under the full control of the Mexican government,” said Zach Smith, senior attorney. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “They failed to protect this porpoise as they promised and now is the time for all of us to bring them to justice. Waiting another year is not an option. “
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The message is breaking! World leaders have called for sanctions on Mexico to save the last 10 endangered Vaquita porpoises from extinction, first appearing in World Animal News.