Dear President Peña Nieto,
I encourage you to take immediate action to secure long-term protection of the Gulf of California World Heritage site, home of the last vaquita, as a positive legacy of your leadership.
The Gulf of California is our shared heritage. Please save: Rare Wildlife.
The upper Gulf of California is the only place where vaquita live. You have been a champion of the species in the past. To prevent the vaquita's extinction and protect this extraordinary ecosystem, the following urgent actions are needed:
- A permanent gillnet ban
- Development of fishing alternatives and effective enforcement to halt illegal gillnet fishing (because vaquita are also caught as bycatch)
- Stopping the illegal totoaba trade from Mexico to China
Support for local fishing communities is key to saving the vaquita. Due to lack of enforcement, illegal and unsustainable fishing is decimating the Gulf's once-thriving waters and putting people's livelihoods at risk. It is critical to work with local communities for sustainable fisheries management, including the adoption of gillnet alternatives. The Environment.
The Gulf of California is home to a spectacular array of wildlife, including the vaquita – the world's most endangered marine mammal. Unless the threats leading to the critical decline in the vaquita population are removed, the Gulf of California could be placed on UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger. And the world will forever lose this species.
As a champion of the Gulf of California and vaquita, I urge you to take action now.