Permanently Ban Dangerous Fishing Net Killing Endangered Porpoises

Target: Jose Eduardo Calzada Rovirosa, Secretary of Agriculture of Mexico

Goal: Put a permanent ban on gillnets.

After two years, a temporary ban on gillnets in the Gulf of California is being lifted, risking the endangered vaquita porpoise. Back in 2015, Mexico put a temporary ban in order to protect this small porpoise that has approximately 30 individuals left in the world. We must act now to protect the vaquita from dying in gillnets.

The vaquita is only known to live in the upper area of the Gulf of California, and the main reason for the quick decline in population is gillnets, which are walls of netting and mesh used to catch large amounts of fish by their gills. Vaquitas often get tangled and stuck in gillnets, which causes them to drown.

In order to save this species, severe changes must be made, and a permanent ban must be placed on gillnets. Sign this petition and demand that Mexico permanently ban gillnets.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Rovirosa,

Back in 2015, Mexico put a temporary ban on gillnets in order to help preserve and save the vaquita, a small endangered porpoise species. Unfortunately the population is still declining, and now there are only about 30 vaquitas left in this world.

This temporary ban will be coming to an end soon. In order to save this precious species, gillnets must be permanently banned, and the ban must be enforced. Without the ban, a lack of regulation makes illegal fishing an easy thing to get away with in the Gulf of California.

Please consider making the ban permanent in order to help this declining species. We have put them in harm’s way for much too long, and it is up to us to now to help them.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Paula Olsen

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4 Comments

  1. Heather Brophy says:

    Jose, NO PORPOISES, NO TOURISTS, NO MONEY!

  2. it is time to ban these deadly fish nets to save the vaquita today now.

  3. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    This should have been done 20 or more years ago so please make it happen.

  4. Wow, I thought gill nets had been banned permanently because of damage they do to ocean ecology. Well, if they haven’t been banned permanently, they should be! Only a moron who didn’t give a fig for ocean ecology would allow their continued use.

    There is no good reason to eat the flesh of animals, there are perfectly adequate vegetable substitutes out there.
    However, I appreciate that some people feel the need to use animals as a source of nutrition. In that case, surely the animals should be treated as humanely as possible before their fate is met? Surely we should treat them with gratitude and compassion if we expect them to sustain us?

    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. – Mahatma Gandhi

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