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  In early 2019 cetaceans in the Western Indian Ocean and Arabian Seas were the focus of two important scientific meetings. The first was to identify Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) within the region, and the second, conducted under the auspices of the International Whaling Commission...

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara has attracted our attention to recent events concerning the Mediterranean subpopulation of sperm whales, which has been red-listed as Endangered since 2006 based on an inferred continuing decline of an already reduced population (assumed to be in the low to mid...

Totoaba season is winding down but gillnetting for other fish is rampant Following the 28 March incident (Sea Shepherd report can be read here), net removal operations were temporarily suspended. The Narval did not return in April and the Farley Mowat and Sharpie worked only during...

More violence mars vaquita protection efforts This update summarizes net removals from March and news about continuing violence leading to another suspension of net removal efforts. On 13 March a dead vaquita was found in a net by the Sea Shepherd net removal team (more details...

February 2019 Vaquita Update This update summarizes net removals from February and news that also includes the first half of March.  The Report of the 11th meeting of CIRVA is summarized in an earlier news item on this website.  On 13 March a dead vaquita was...

The report of the 11th meeting of the international vaquita recovery team (CIRVA), held in La Jolla, California on 19-21 February 2019, is now available. The report recommends a series of immediate, near-term, medium-term, and long-term actions to prevent extinction of the vaquita. It calls...

January was a month marked by the violent action of illegal fishermen directed toward people engaged in net removal efforts. Press releases including video of the attacks are available here for the January 9th attack and here for the January 31st attack. Men in multiple...

December marks the beginning of totoaba spawning season.  As was done in the 2017/2018 spawning season, vaquita updates will be posted monthly.  In this first update, a recap of last season is given to provide context. The 2017/2018 totoaba spawning season had 400 active totoaba nets...

A field effort to obtain photographs and biopsies of vaquitas was carried out from the Museo de Ballena’s 130ft vessel, the Narval, plus several small boats (3 RHIBs and a panga) between 22 and 28 September 2018. Cell culture was supplied by the San Diego...

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...

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