SWFSC Researchers Featured in New Vaquita Video


SWFSC scientists are featured in a new video about the vaquita porpoise, the world's most endangered marine mammal. The film, Vaquita - Saving the Desert Porpoiseexit highlights our scientists that conduct research on vaquita, while pondering the question, "Has time run out?"

Vaquita is a little porpoise that lives in the Upper Gulf of California and, today, less than 200 animals remain. The video talks about a new kind a extinction: extinction of animals because of human activity and increases in population. Gillnets, nearly invisible fishing nets set for
shrimp, are the primary cause of vaquita mortality.

Recently, researchers, in collaboration with the fisherman of the upper Gulf of California, have devised with a viable solution to gillnets: affordable alternative fishing gear has been developed. A fishing net was designed to specifically catch shrimp in the upper gulf. This is the first time that Mexico has had an alternative net that does not catch vaquita.

The video highlights SWFSC researchers: Jay Barlow, Tim Gerrodette, Robert Pitman, and Barbara Taylor, scientists with the SWFSC Marine Mammal and Turtle Division