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  Since 2013, the Yangtze River subspecies of narrow-ridged finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis) has been red-listed as Critically Endangered. As noted in a news item on this website posted 10 December 2015, the population of Yangtze finless porpoises in the semi-natural reserve at Tian-E-Zhou oxbow...

  Although efforts to remove lethal gillnets from the vaquita’s habitat will continue, the totoaba spawning season is now past. With fewer than 30 vaquitas remaining and the idea of rescuing some by capturing them and placing them in a protected enclosure not considered viable at...

  In several separate enforcement actions, over 800 totoaba swim bladders were seized in April 2018 (see news article). An in-depth television news story on the illegal totoaba fishery and enforcement efforts was also released. On 12 April, shots were fired at the Sea Shepherd vessel M/V...

  On March 27 the Mexican Navy recovered a decomposed vaquita. A necropsy was conducted on April 4 and it was confirmed that the animal died from entanglement (see Necropsy Report).   The net removal effort continues [caption id="attachment_2800" align="alignright" width="300"] Bags of net and anchors being taken from...

  The net removal effort, started by Sea Shepherd’s Operation Milagro in collaboration with the Mexican Navy in 2015, is building to become the biggest yet in the totoaba season currently under way. The initial Sea Shepherd/Navy effort focused on observing pangas illegally setting nets at...

  The 10th meeting of CIRVA (Comité Internacional para la Recuperación de la Vaquita) was held at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California, on 11-12 December 2017 and the final report of CIRVA-10 (which includes the report of a short meeting of CIRVA...