It was years ago that I first heard of the vaquita and saw the adorable pictures. Since then, I’ve read one news story after another as the population dropped from 30 to 22 to 10…and now maybe just 7.
It's a slow-motion tragedy; yet another species disappearing from the face of the Earth because we can't figure out how to stop it.
And it's all an accident. The local fishing community catches other fish, but their nets trap and kill vaquitas too. I thought...why can’t someone make and give the local fishing community sustainable nets — that let them earn a living, but don’t trap vaquitas?
Now that’s exactly what local NGOs are trying to do. And with our help, they can get enough of these nets into the community, fast enough, that the vaquita could make it after all!
If enough of us chip in, maybe in a few years we’ll read an article about hundreds of vaquitas thriving in the Gulf of California. It’s not too late to hope. Can you help — anything extra we raise will be used to protect nature worldwide?