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The species is disappearing due to the high demand of totoaba fish in the Chinese market, whose viscera reach prices higher than cocaine and by the American with the purchase of shrimp
Greenpeace Mexico announced this day that we failed the vaquita, a species in danger of extinction.
Through a statement, “with great sadness, we write these words: Vaquita, we fail you”, by also disclosing the location of a dead specimen, in the last days in the waters of the Upper Gulf of California.
He announced that the recent scientific report of the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA) found that only 10 copies remain.
“This unique species in Mexico is on the verge of extinction and we could not be more disappointed by the authorities of our country,” says the environmental association.
In 1997, scientists had counted 567 vaquitas, a figure that fell to 245 nine years later. By 2015 there were 60 vaquitas, in 2016 only half remained; 30 copies and in 2017 the first female specimen rescued by researchers dies.
The Chinese and gringos in the middle of the extinction
The indiscriminate commercial fishing, intensifies the problem of the endangered species. The lucrative illegal business of totoaba, is the greatest survival pressure for the vaquita marina.
This species is disappearing due to the high demand of totoaba fish in the Chinese market, whose viscera reach prices higher than that of cocaine, and by the United States with the purchase of shrimp.
“A kilo of crop is worth more than cocaine and that factor has triggered the illegal fishing of totoaba, with gillnets in which the vaquitas are trapped,” said Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho, Mexican scientist in an interview with reporters from Animal Político.
The high demand of the totoaba fish in Hong Kong and China, the population of the vaquita marine had a drastic fall, during the last years. For the Chinese, the totoaba crop, apart from demonstrating status, has medicinal properties that give vigor and help the circulation.
Brake to the exploiters
Greenpace accused the lack of governmental and social programs to train local fishermen and thus avoid the use of networks and inaction to prohibit the entry of ships in areas with the presence of this species, that continue to disappear.
Greenpeace warns that we have to be stronger to stop those who only seek their commercial interest, above the right of future generations and all species to enjoy our planet.