International committee visits Mexico to assess the situation of the vaquita marina

A mission of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)makes a visit to Mexico to evaluate the situation of the vaquita marina in the country.

The The visit will last for five days. during which he will visit the municipalities of San Felipe, Baja California, Ensenada and La Paz, informed the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).

Likewise, it will carry out different activities such as land and sea surveillance tours in the area of ​​the Upper Gulf of California and exchange of information with the fishing community and authorities in the territory.

The vaquita porpoise is an endemic species that only exists in a small region of the Upper Gulf of California in Mexico. Scientists estimate that there are less than 20 vaquitas left.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species (IUCN Red List), It is in danger of extinction.

This species is threatened by illegal fishing in the so-called Zero Tolerance Area (ATC) refuge, where the remaining specimens are believed to live.

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