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In addition to marine adversity, there are not enough specimens that can raise the population
Mexicali – Two weeks ago the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita Marine reported the sighting of six specimens in the waters of the Upper Gulf of California, the natural habitat of the only 100% Mexican cetacean that is also at critical risk of becoming extinct.
After observing them, staff of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp), the Secretary of the Navy, members of the Sea Shepherd organization, the Whale and Marine Sciences Museum as well as the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur (UABCS) ) said they have confidence that the species will recover. Salvador Galindo Bect, a researcher at the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), dedicated to the issue of the sea cow during the last decades, thinks otherwise, considering that there are no elements that really favor the recovery of the only marine mammal that has Mexico . Although the federal government also presumes hope, the professor warns that the species is destined to disappear, because with so few specimens there is no genetic variability.
“To be able to subsist the organism requires genetic variability, if there is no exposure to environmental changes and mortality increases easily, in the case of marine vaquita there is no variability, it has no future biologically.” Another aspect against it is the lack of a really effective strategy for the protection of the species considered as a collateral victim of the totoaba traffic, another protected and endemic species of the Sea of Cortez. The researcher and professor believes that this issue has been seen only as a fishing problem when it actually goes beyond and involves other countries such as China, the main buyer of the totoaba crop as well as the United States through which these bodies travel.
“Fishermen have been demonized and the Government has been blamed for not solving the problem and international aggressions are coming, such as seizing fishery products, Mexico has to defend itself and it is a matter of not only environmental foreign relations.” Galindo Bect also said that federal authorities are not taking into account the Mexican academy where there is also data that they can provide to form a strategy that addresses the issue of the vaquita marina from all perspectives.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) urged the Mexican Government today to redouble efforts to ensure a high Gulf of California free of gillnets and thus protect the habitat of the vaquita marina. The marine vaquita is a species from which a population of 30 specimens is calculated, which in its adulthood reaches 1.50 meters, reaches a weight of 30 kilograms and is extremely nervous, so care must be extreme, he explained.
Although, Vaquita Day has passed in July. This video will give you some insight into the Vaquita…
Source: El Sol De Tijuana