Mexican Navy: 1 injured in clash near vaquita reserve
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president said Friday he regrets a confrontation between fishermen and marines trying to prevent the illegal fishing that has driven the vaquita porpoise to the brink...
Mexico launches plan to mark vaquita porpoise reserve
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Thursday it will use buoys to mark the reserve of the world's most endangered marine mammal, in a bid to save the last remaining 10 or so vaquita...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The environmentalist group Sea Shepherd said Thursday that it found the body of what appeared to be a vaquita porpoise, one of perhaps only 10 that remain in the...
Mexico: at most only 22 vaquita porpoises remain
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts said Wednesday that at most only 22 vaquitas remain in the Gulf of California, where a grim, increasingly violent battle is playing out between emboldened fishermen and...
Sea Shepherd ship attacked in Mexico’s Gulf of California
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Sea Shepherd environmental group said Friday that one if its ships was attacked with rocks and partly set afire by a flotilla of about 20 fishing boats in Mexico's Gulf of California.
It was the second attack in a month in the upper Gulf, where Sea Shepherd is patrolling against illegal nets to help save the critically endangered vaquita marina porpoise. The patrols have drawn the ire of local fishermen.
Fishermen attack Sea Shepherd vessel in Gulf of California
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Sea Shepherd environmental group published a video Thursday showing an attack by about two dozen small fishing boats on the vessel Farley Mowat in Mexico's Gulf of California.
Fishermen in the Gulf, also known as the Sea of Cortez, have long complained about environmentalists trying to protect the vaquita marina, the world's smallest and most endangered porpoise.
Scientists lobby Mexico president over endangered porpoise
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A group of prominent scientists issued an appeal Wednesday to Mexico's new president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, calling on him to take the unprecedented step of outlawing the possession of gill nets in the upper Gulf of California to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise.
Experts urge gulf refuge for endangered vaquita porpoise
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts called on Mexico's government Wednesday to use floating barriers to enclose a small area of the Gulf of California where a half dozen critically endangered vaquita porpoises were spotted in September.
The sightings were an unexpected mix of good and bad news for the world's smallest porpoise, which has been driven to the brink of extinction by nets set illegally to catch totoaba, a fish whose swim bladder is considered a delicacy in China.
Mexican judge frees suspect of poaching in vaquita habitat
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico ordered the release Friday of a man accused of illegal fishing that endangers the world's smallest porpoise.
The arrest of Oscar Parra in September had been depicted as an advance in efforts to save the critically endangered vaquita marina, of which fewer than 30 remain. Instead, it has proved an embarrassment.
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered the U.S. government to ban imports of seafood caught by Mexican fisheries that use a net blamed for killing off the vaquita, the world's smallest and most-endangered porpoise.
Judge Gary Katzmann, of The U.S. Court of International Trade, on Thursday granted a motion after three environmental groups filed a lawsuit seeking a ban on seafood caught with gillnets in part of the Gulf of California, where the vaquita live.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of International Trade, seeking a ban on Mexican seafood from the upper Gulf of California.
The groups say shrimp and fish imported from the Gulf endanger the vaquita porpoise, which are critically endangered.
BOSTON (AP) — Rescuers say they were unable to save a stranded, pregnant porpoise that washed up in Boston during a recent storm.
The New England Aquarium Rescue Team responded immediately to the harbor porpoise, which became stranded Wednesday in the Dorchester neighborhood near the Harbor Point housing development. An aquarium spokesman says the animal died just before rescuers arrived at the scene near the storm's height.
Efforts to capture, save Mexico’s endangered porpoise end
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts said Wednesday they have suspended a program to capture and enclose the few remaining vaquita porpoises in Mexico's Gulf of California, after the one they managed to catch died quickly in captivity.
Calls for end to Mexico’s capture of endangered porpoise
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Calls are mounting for the Mexican government and international experts to stop an operation to capture and enclose the few remaining vaquita porpoises, after one of the animals died soon after being caught over the weekend.
Experts have always acknowledged the program known as Vaquita CPR would be risky.
Operation under review after endangered porpoise dies
SAN DIEGO (AP) — An operation launched by Mexico's Upper Gulf of California is under review after an endangered vaquita porpoise captured by the outfit died.
Mexico says endangered vaquita porpoise died in captivity
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Researchers were thrilled to have captured one of the few remaining vaquita porpoises, but announced Sunday that the adult female died after a few hours in captivity in a floating pen, raising questions about the last-ditch effort to enclose the world's smallest porpoises to save them from extinction.
Searchers in Mexico find, but release, vaquita porpoise calf
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Researchers trying to catch and enclose the last survivors of the vaquita porpoise species captured a calf but released it because it was too young to survive without its mother.
Mexico's Environment Department said veterinarians determined the calf was too young and experts said it was showing signs of stress after capture. The experts with Mexican-led international effort known as VaquitaCPR still saw hope in the calf's capture.
Experts to start capturing rare vaquita porpoises in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Navy-trained dolphins and their handlers arrived in Mexico Thursday to participate in a last-ditch effort to catch, enclose and protect the few dozen remaining vaquita porpoises to save them from extinction.
Mexican authorities and an international group of experts say they will set out on Oct. 12 in a fleet of small boats to find the critically endangered and elusive marine mammals with the assistance of the dolphins.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico enacted a permanent ban on gillnet fishing in the northern Gulf of California on Friday in a bid to protect the critically endangered porpoise known as the vaquita marina.
The measure, which makes permanent a temporary ban in place since April 2015, is the first step toward fulfilling an agreement reached this month by President Enrique Pena Nieto and the foundations of actor Leonardo DiCaprio and telecom billionaire Carlos Slim to try to save the vaquita.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's president, its richest man and actor Leonardo DiCaprio signed an agreement Wednesday to try to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise.
The vaquita is native to the northern Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez, where only about two dozen remain. They are threatened largely due to unauthorized gillnets set to catch totoaba, a fish whose swim bladder is a prized delicacy in China. The illegal nets can ensnare and kill the vaquitas.
Mexico: Another endangered vaquita porpoise found dead
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's environmental protection agency says another endangered porpoise has been found dead in the upper Gulf of California.
The office says the adult female vaquita marina was found Sunday in waters of a marine reserve about 16 miles (26 kilometers) north of San Felipe, Baja California state.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A gang of dozens of fishermen overturned inspectors' trucks, burned or destroyed 15 vehicles and patrol boats, and beat three inspectors from the office for environmental protection in a town on Mexico's Gulf of California.
The fishermen were angered by Mexico's attempt to save the vaquita porpoise by banning some types of net fishing in the Gulf —also known as the Sea of Cortez — where only about 30 of the elusive animals are believed to survive.
WWF calls for fishing ban to save last of vaquita porpoises
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The World Wildlife Fund on Monday called for a complete ban on fishing in the habitat of the vaquita porpoise, noting an international committee of experts has determined that fewer than 30 of the critically endangered mammals probably remain in the upper Gulf of California, the only place they live.
Experts and the Mexican government previously announced a plan to catch the few remaining vaquitas and enclose them in pens for protection and possible breeding.
US-trained dolphins to help locate Mexico’s vaquita porpoise
MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. Navy-trained dolphins and their handlers will participate in a last-ditch effort to catch, enclose and protect the last few dozen of Mexico's critically endangered vaquita porpoises to save them from extinction.
International experts confirmed the participation of the Navy Marine Mammal Program in the effort, which is expected to start sometime this spring.
Mexico plans to catch, protect last few vaquita porpoises
MEXICO CITY (AP) — So few of Mexico's vaquita porpoises remain that the international committee to protect the endangered species is preparing to catch and enclose as many as it can in a last-ditch effort to save them from extinction, experts said Thursday.
It will be a risky effort, because the species has never been held successfully in captivity.
Mexico nabs 6 fishing boats in endangered porpoise habitat
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities have used drones to detect and catch six vessels fishing within an area where gill nets are banned to protect the endangered vaquita porpoise.
Mexico's Environment Department said Monday the six vessels were caught between Saturday and Monday.
Two of the larger vessels were ordered taken to a nearby port for possible impoundment.
Gill nets have been banned in much of the upper Gulf of California to protect the vaquita, the world's smallest porpoise.