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Wed Feb 20, 2019, 11:30 PM

Missed Opportunity Is the vaquita's plight linked to the US government's failure to take advantage o

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Source: Earth Island Journal

The doll-faced porpoises — the world’s smallest cetaceans — are notoriously shy, avoiding boats and barely breaking the surface when they rise for air, as they must every three to four minutes. And at the time, there were likely just 245 vaquitas left in the world.
Such a sighting would be impossible today. According to Hall, no more than 15 vaquitas may now remain in the northern Gulf of California, their exclusive home range. (The last official estimate, from 2016, put the number at around 30.) Vaquita numbers have nosedived — by nearly 50 percent annually during the past six years — due to illegal fishing. “They’re unintended bycatch,” Hall explains. “Gillnets are the culprit. They’re designed to entangle fish and not let them go. Hundreds of vaquita have drowned silently, and the world just didn’t know.” Despite best efforts to protect them, it’s possible — even likely — that the critically endangered porpoise may be extinct within a year or two.

...many fishermen are after the valuable totoaba, an endangered giant sea bass found only in the central and northern portions of the Gulf of California. Totoaba swim bladders (a buoyancy organ possessed by most bony fish) are coveted in China, where they’re turned into a soup believed to enhance fertility and benefit general health. Some blame Mexico for the vaquita’s collapse. But Stephen Kohn, a Washington, DC-based attorney and the executive director of the National Whistleblower Center, argues that the United States also bears a large measure of responsibility. That’s because totoaba bladders are often smuggled through the US on their way to China.

According to Kohn, the best way to fight wildlife crime is to tap informants within trafficking groups — the poachers or the middlemen who transport illegal wildlife parts to a final destination — to help bust crime rings preying on endangered species. Enlisting whistleblowers in the Gulf and across totoaba smuggling routes, he believes, could have helped law enforcement break up what he calls the “totoaba cartel.”


Read more: http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/magazine/entry/missed-opportunity-vaquita-whistleblowers



Save (insert your favorite species here) and the VAQUITA.
Write your representative and ask them to support using existing whistleblower laws to protect wildlife.

https://www.whistleblowers.org/campaigns/empower-global-wildlife-whistleblowers/

Help save the Vaquita. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is the only ones actively removing the gillnets that are literally walls of death.

https://seashepherd.org/campaigns/milagro/

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Reply Missed Opportunity Is the vaquita's plight linked to the US government's failure to take advantage o (Original post)
rwsanders Feb 20 OP
Ligyron Feb 21 #1
BeneathTheMire Feb 21 #6
Judi Lynn Feb 21 #2
Bayard Feb 21 #3
littlemissmartypants Feb 21 #4
a la izquierda Feb 21 #5
GP6971 Feb 21 #7

Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 12:13 AM

1. So angry I can barely think straight just now.

How in the fuck did Chinese morons get the idea that some fish native to a tiny area on the complete other side of the world, a fish that they have no tradition of ever using before; could somehow "enhance" fertility make their dick bigger or whatever?

Just boggles the mind.

I realize now how lucky I have been to live during a time when I legally caught all the fish and seafood I could ever want. In the future, this will be rare and most people will have never even tasted seafood.

Sad.

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Response to Ligyron (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 08:45 AM

6. It boggles my mind

 

How you can think that the way you killed animals is any better than the way the Chinese are killing animals. But your killing is legal though, right?

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 12:27 AM

2. The sheer brutality of the illegal fishermen against private citizens trying to stop the disaster

absolutely stuns a person who hears about it. Clearly they would kill someone who got in their way, if it came down to it.

They know they are doing illegal fishing.

It will take a much bigger number of people involved to generate the attention needed for these very small porpoises, all 15 of them, to receive some kind of protection before they are simply murdered for getting in the way of people trying to snatch luxury products for people who KNOW they can live without them very easily.

At some time people have to put on the brakes to all-out sociopathic, greedy self-indulgence.

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 12:38 AM

3. With only 15 left in the wild

They will surely perish in the nets. Wonder if there is a captive breeding program somewhere?

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 02:24 AM

4. ❤



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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 07:48 AM

5. Honestly, I'm waiting for the day...

That the planet decides to shakes humans off like a bad case of the fleas.
Fuck this is so enraging.

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Response to rwsanders (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2019, 11:35 AM

7. We'll be locking

This thread as it isn’t LBN. Please repost in GD.

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