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Gills Club Interviews Dr. Sylvia Earle

Gills Club Interviews Dr. Sylvia Earle

Our partners at the Gills Club recently interviewed Mission Blue founder Dr. Sylvia Earle. Learn more about the Gills Club and their amazing work on their website.


Why did you start studying marine biology?

My first encounter with the ocean was on the Jersey Shore when I was three years old and I got knocked over by a wave. The ocean certainly got my attention! It wasn’t frightening. It was more exhilarating than anything else. And since then life in the ocean has captured my imagination and held it ever since. I started out as a kid and never did grow up. The best scientists and explorers have the attributes of kids. They ask questions and have a sense of wonder. They have curiosity. Who, what, where, why, when, and how!

What do you enjoy most about being a scientist?

You never know what you’re going to find! Ninety-five percent of the ocean is not explored. Diving in, meeting creatures, and observing the wondrous diversity of life on earth are the real joys of exploring the ocean, for me. On land, only about half of the many major divisions of life occur over all the continents and islands put together – the terrestrial parts. But even in a bucket of seawater you may find as many of these major divisions of animal life, plus a nice dollop of photosynthetic organisms as well. About half of the creatures that occur in the ocean occur only there, of the major divisions. Think of starfish and their relatives. There’s no counterpart anywhere on the land or anywhere in fresh water. Or look at the whole category of life that includes the jellyfishes and the corals. Well, there are a very few freshwater jellyfishes, but they are such a small number compared to the great, great majority that are out there in the ocean. And so on down the list. There are a handful of freshwater sponges, but there are thousands, tens of thousands of marine species. So the dominant diversity of life on earth, contrary to what some people think, is not rainforests, as wonderfully diverse as they are. It’s the ocean! It’s the ocean!

Do you have a favorite memory from being on the water?

Oh, there are so many. I was at a place called Marion Reef in the Coral Sea, diving in 70 feet of water, and these grey reef sharks circled us. I could not count them, there were so many – at least 100. They were forming a great wheel around us but were quietly curious, not aggressive. It was a little hair-raising – had they chosen to gang up on us, they could have easily consumed us. But they were just looking. I remember it so well in my mind’s eye.

What is the most interesting thing you have learned from your research/conservation work?

The Ocean is alive. It is the cornerstone of earth’s life support system, and the cornerstone of the ocean’s life support system is life in the ocean. Oxygen is generated by living creatures. Every fish fertilizes the water in a way that generates the plankton that ultimately leads back into the food chain, but also yields oxygen and grabs carbon – it’s a part of what makes the ocean function and what makes the planet function.
Take away the ocean and we don’t have a planet that works. Take away life in the ocean and we don’t have a planet that works. All life needs water, and all life needs other forms of life to have the complex communities of life, ecosystems of life that ultimately over four-and-a-half billion years arrived at a state that is just right for humankind.
I have had the privilege of spending more time than others in the ocean and have seen things that others haven’t. People need to know. You can’t care if you don’t know and most people simply don’t know.

How does your research benefit shark conservation?

My self-appointed job is to inspire people to explore the ocean for themselves and to use their talents, whatever they are, to make a difference for the natural world. Part of that job is to spread the word that as top predators, sharks are fundamental to ocean health and they’re certainly not enemies. Occasionally a shark will take a bite. But we are not on their menu – they are on ours. We are the real top predators and kill them for sport, kill them for their fins, their liver, their meat. But they ignore us for the most part. We shouldn’t really have trouble in their presence.

A successful dive is usually a dive where you are fortunate to see sharks of any sort. Their numbers have dropped precipitously since when I first began diving in the 1950s – 90% of them are gone, most of them in the last 30 years. We’ve become extremely good at killing not only them, but also what sharks eat, throwing the entire food web into disarray. People need to know that healthy shark populations are worth more to mankind (in terms of tourism dollars and ecosystem stabilization) than dead sharks.

What would you say to aspiring young female marine biologists?

The Ocean is vulnerable. What we do or don’t do will make a difference. As individuals, young people can make a difference. The only difference that has been made ever in the world, for good or for not so good, always starts with somebody, an individual. Look in the mirror, consider your talents, and think about how you might use them to make a difference. Some have artistic skills; others are good with numbers or have a way with words. Everyone has power to make a difference as an individual – or by joining the company of others who share a common goal. The key is in knowing that what you do matters, including doing nothing!

We need to convey a sense of urgency because the world is changing quickly. The next ten years is likely to be the most important time in the next 10,000 years. We have options that we are going to lose within ten years unless we take action now. Every day, options close. Take care of the ocean as if your life depends on it, because it does.

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When I met Sylvia Earle

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As long as I have known about the ocean, I feel like I’ve known about Dr. Earle.  Growing up in land-locked Canada I followed Dr. Earle’s career with great interest & was always inspired by women like her & Eugenie Clark.  In fact, one of my lifelong ambitions – close to the top of my bucket list – was to meet Sylvia and have the opportunity to chat with the woman who changed the face of marine science for so many young women growing up in the 1980s.  But it was always just that: an ambition; a wish.  Something I never in my wildest dreams thought would become a reality.  And then, in early 2014, my old boss & colleague, Dr. Tony Ribbink (Sustainable Seas Trust) – a close friend of Sylvia – met with our team at the SA Shark Conservancy & mentioned that Sylvia would be visiting South Africa to launch her Hope Spot initiative.  When he asked if we could help launch the Cape Whale Coast Hope Spot (and mentioned I could actually meet Sylvia), I immediately jumped at the opportunity.  I really & truly could not believe I would be meeting her face-to-face (and that the queen of marine science would actually be visiting the NGO I started in 2007!!)!  Even now I squeal (internally, of course!) at the thought!  After many months of preparation, Sylvia finally arrived in Hermanus to launch the Hope Spot.  She was obviously tired from her transcontinental flight & crazy South African travel schedule, yet when she spoke with me I felt like we were the only two people in the world.  She had me captivated from hello!  Not to mention that she held my 10-day old son – surely a sign of incredible things to come!  Despite being 79 years old, Sylvia has the energy levels of a 20 year old & is possessed with an undying passion for the oceans that is obvious in every word she speaks.  She is one of the most magnetic people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, and I feel so incredibly lucky to have met her.

Meaghen E. McCord
Founding Director
South African Shark Conservancy  


Originally published on the Gills Club July newsletter.

(Featured Image © Todd Brown for UNEP)
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Transforming Suburbia

Transforming Suburbia

Permaculture has some incredible solutions for transforming suburbia into resilient communities.

Rather than waiting for society to all agree how we need to live in a different way, by focusing here in the suburban household, people can actually get on with making changes… a lot can happen right where people are. – David Holmgren, co-founder of Permaculture

Growing up in the suburbs of the US, I must admit our backyard vegetable garden was not my favorite place. First of all, my parents seemed to grow mostly “grown up” vegetables (squash, brussel sprouts, etc.), so my brothers and I could see very little value. Secondly, the garden bed occupied about a third of our backyard baseball field and caused a lot of arguments as balls disappeared into the zucchini vines, turning simple base hits into grand slam homeruns. It was my grandfather Pops who caused a shift in my experience. He grew up in an apartment in Chicago where despite having no lawn or garden at all, he always had an abundance of food growing in pots on the back porch. When he came to our house for a visit, it was like entering the garden of Eden. He would pull plants and herbs out of our garden that nobody even knew were growing there and he would transform them into extraordinary pasta sauces, zucchini breads, cakes and all sorts of dishes we, as kids, could relate to. Between Pop’s cooking and his boxing lessons that helped us handle ourselves during daily baseball tussles, my relationship to the garden started to change. Flash forward a few decades and I’ve now become that guy that’s grown food in pots when we’ve lived in small quarters, and am the first to claim prime backyard real estate for growing food (much to my own son’s annoyance J).

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During his recent Transforming the Australian Dream tour on the east coast of Australia, the co-founder of permaculture, David Holmgren offered insights into the rise of our growing global movement back into the garden, and shared some principles of living that can help us transform even suburbia into a flourishing ecosystem of sustainable living on all levels.

The fact that we are going to be dealing with the unfolding crisis of peak oil, climate change, economic contraction – and basically we are already in that crisis in many parts of the world – we are going to have to adapt in somewhat “in situ”. There has been a very negative view of suburbia and houses on extended blocks as being unsustainable and very wasteful of resources. From a permaculture point of view we see that there’s huge opportunity for incremental household-based adaption. Rather than waiting for society to all agree how we need to live in a different way, by focusing here in the suburban household, people can actually get on with making changes… a lot can happen right where people are.

Drawn originally from the words “permanent” and “agriculture” the initial aim of permaculture was to ‘create a design system that was enduring and wouldn’t deplete its resource base.’ Sparked from the working relationship between David Holmgren and Bill Mollison between 1974-78, permaculture has attracted the minds, energy and gardens of sustainably-minded communities all around the world and has evolved into a great cross-pollinator and framework for integrating complimentary philosophies and approaches (such as bio-dynamics and biomimicry). The ultimate aim: ‘Consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy for provision of local needs.’

People, their buildings and the ways in which they organise themselves are central to how the system works and therefore the overall vision for permaculture has evolved from sustainable or ‘permanent agriculture’ to sustainable or ‘permanent culture’. How do we redesign the whole of society, not just our provision of food, but the way we organize and distribute our patterns for living?

In Holmgren’s view, while on one hand permaculture involves very abstract systems thinking, at another level, it’s actually just dealing at a very grounded level with the most practical basic elements of life.

Getting our own house in order

As David shares, “The experience in my own life has been that the most powerful things I’ve done are in the way I live personally, the way I operate in a family, at a household economy level. For example, the non-monetary economy of growing food at home, cooking, caring for children, maintaining space. Moving away from a mediated nocturnal existence to a direct experiential daytime existence – maintaining health and fitness by physical work to provide ones needs. Often times we can start with a simple household audit. Where is energy going to and coming from and how can we close the loop and stop the leakages of energy?”

Recognize the power of community

One of the clear and simple findings that David reveals out of the experience of a ‘household audit’ is that it’s a lot easier to go further the exploration of sustainability in a larger shared household than by one person.

It’s ironic that most of the things we have in society – our food production systems, our cities – everything is at too big a scale to be sustainable, and yet our households are too small to be sustainable. Not our houses (they are the biggest in the world) but our households (the amount of people living in our homes).

For the billions or so middle class people on the planet there are a lot of commonalities that permaculture can address simply by behavior change and changing the way we see things. For example, a lot of us can share our car, pick up other people and with that, have an instant four-fold efficiency and massive reduction in our costs – just by using our resources differently.

 

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Grow food… and discover untapped abundance

Another one of the things that Holmgren shares that can be done by almost everyone is gardening and food production. For adults and children alike, this brings us into a direct, pragmatic connection to nature and a positive relationship with our environment that doesn’t require any complex filters of approval or money from the world around us.

Even the bad aspects of fighting weeds and pests are metaphors for fighting with bits of our own nature that we don’t like. It’s like bringing all those huge big system problems back home to a little scale where we have a chance to work with them and experiencing things that might contribute to a larger solution.

Overall, David encourages us to find new ways of looking at our environment, to say, “What are the opportunities that I’m not seeing? The abundances that nature or society is not valuing that I can take advantage of?”

This might be as small as noticing the things growing in the garden we didn’t even plant that we’ve been pulling out, that can actually be added into the salad. There has been a huge explosion of interest in edible weeds as people realize that many times the things we’re pulling out as weeds are actually very health giving if we know how to cook and eat them.

In the following video David shares valuable insight into a few of the simple and empowering steps each of us can take to begin to live a more harmonious and sustainable existence on all levels.

Permaculture co-founder David Holmgren shares his vision to “retro-fit suburbia” into a thriving ecosystem

While the task of transforming suburbia- and all of society- into a thriving, sustainable ecosystem may seem overwhelming or out of reach for most of us, it’s powerful to consider that every garden starts with the simple planting of a few seeds, and each of us has the power to start there.  And the great thing about gardens (and global movements like permaculture) is that once we start them… they grow.

I say, if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life. ~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

STORY by CHIP RICHARDS

ARTWORK ‘The Fifth Sacred Thing’ by JESSICA PERLSTEIN

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Choosing the Best Yoga for Your Brain

Choosing the Best Yoga for Your Brain

How different Yoga postures can train your Brain to respond better to Stress

As you roll out your your yoga mat to do your practice, you may not give much thought to the effect your routine will have on your brain. Yet there are great benefits that a yoga practice brings to brain development and neural wiring, cultivating strengths which are particularly useful for reducing stress.

As Dr M Storoni explained in The Science behind Yoga and Stress, yoga is beneficial in rewiring your nerve connections and training the neural circuits that respond to stress. In Dr Storoni’s theory of how to beat stress, there are five key players in the ‘stress team‘: the ’emotional brain’, the ‘logical brain’, the reflex reaction that cause you relax, the reflex reaction that causes you to tense and brain growth agents (such as nutrients and behaviour).

Locating emotional and logical centres in the brain

Of these key players, the emotional brain and the logical brain are the parts of the brain that play a key role in stress by serving emotional and cognitive functions. Dr Storoni, (a MD with a PhD in Neuro-ophthalmology) is referring to the amygdala and its connections and medial forebrain structures including the medial prefrontal cortex, as the emotional brain. The logical brain refers to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, other parts of the prefrontal cortex, parts of the cingulate cortex and parts of the hippocampus.

Nervous system signals and brain growth agents

The reflex reactions that control the signals of relaxed and tense conditions, are the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. An active emotional brain enhances the sympathetic nervous system, suppressing the logical brain and the relaxation response which is signalled by the parasympathetic nervous system.

Brain growth agents include dietary inputs such as micro and macronutrients, lifestyle and behaviour. Engaging in activity such as moderate exercise has been shown to raise the levels of Brain-derived Nuerotrophic Factor in the brain, BDNF is a protein that supports the survival of existing neurons, and encourage the growth and differentiation of new neurons and synapses.

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Bends triggers nerve switches in your neck

If you want to identify yoga postures which deliver maximum benefits to your brain, in terms of its stress response, Dr Storoni suggests you pick yoga postures which contain these four components.

1. Forward and backward bending
 These trigger the little switches in your neck (by the carotid arteries) which connect to your tense and relaxation signals. When the stress response is ‘turned off’, our parasympathetic nervous system signal is ‘turned on’. This signal ‘relaxes’ the body.

2. Concentration and being still

Postures should have a large component of focussing and concentration. Often this is achieved by forcing you to balance on one leg. This focussing and concentration and balancing is achieved through activity in your logical brain, which has to overcome the stress response signal being triggered in these two ways before we can be still and concentrate during a posture.

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Stretching provides a resistance load to train your logical brain

3. Stretching
While you’re stretching your raising your tense signal and hence providing a resistance load to train your logical brain. This ‘extra’ resistance the logical brain is having to work against, ‘trains’ it like a muscle.

4. Muscle contraction
Contracting muscle also raises your tense signal and hence provides yet another load against which your logical brain needs to work. Training the logical brain in this way for a long time can result in a rewiring of the nerve connections within the logical brain.

“If a series of yoga postures meets these criteria, you are likely to be giving your logical brain a great workout!”

– Dr M Storoni, PhD

Watch the video below if you would like to see a couple of examples and how different yoga postures are affecting the brain.

Beat stress: How to choose yoga for training your brain
Performance improvement

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tested a group of 30 female college students after 20 minutes of yoga (see the sequence below) followed by deep breathing and meditation and 20 minutes of aerobic exercise.  The participants then completed mental tasks that tested their ability to maintain focus and absorb, hold on to and utilize new information. The findings demonstrated that the participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga session than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise lasting the same duration.

Here is the 20 minute routine utilized by the study:

  • Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana) 1 minute
  • Tree Pose (Vrikshasana) 1 minute
  • Triangle Pose (Trikonasaana) 2 minutes
  • Reverse Triangle Pose (Parivrtta Trikonasana) 2 minutes
  • Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Shvanasana) 2 minutes
  • Easy Camel Pose (Ustrasana) 2 minutes
  • Hare Pose (Shashankasana) 2 minutes
  • Sun Salutation (Suryanamaskar) 4 minutes
  • Deep Breathing in Lotus Pose (Padmasana Pranayama) 4 minutes

When deciding which yoga sequence to practice, it is worth considering which postures will best train your brain. Now you can add brain cell growth and improved stress response to the list of reasons you love doing yoga!

WORDS BY EVEN DAWN

BASED ON THE WORK OF DR M STORONI MD PhD

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World Oceans Day!

Today, the 8th of June 2015, is World Oceans Day! The oceans are the depth of our own soul. Can you fathom the power and beauty of that statement and let that sink in to the core of your being? That, in itself, is reason enough to celebrate and remind us of the importance to honor and respect this element. On a more surface level, this planet is one of the few water planets in this part of the galaxy, and our bodies are made up of at least 70% of water, and 2/3 of Gaia is covered with water.

Those facts are, for certain, a valid reason to celebrate not just today but every day. So destroying the oceans and polluting them in every possible way from styrofoam to oil spills and big corporations using them as dumping grounds for all sorts of stuff is not a solution. Without the oceans we can not live here. They are the  lungs of the earth.  Can you imagine what would happen if your lungs shut down?  So today is more like a reminder of the importance of the oceans and water as a living cell in our bodies. Whatever we do to the oceans, we are doing to our bodies. As the coral reefs are vanishing together with the big fish, remember a place called Cape Cod! Well guess what, cod fish populations in that area collapsed and fishing was banned for six months last November. This is happening all over the planet and as long as the big corporations focus only on the profit and their own selfish deeds we are are trapped in a death spiral that will consume us all.  Yes, positive thinking and imagining blue crystal waters will, of course, help.  We have seen with several experiments that water maintains a memory and is affected by our attitude and thoughts.

Yet, we still on a more physical level have to stop this madness. Today, let it be the first day of our lives that we declare with one strong voice: WE WILL NOT ACCEPT THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR OCEANS ANY MORE.  WE WILL STAND UNITED and do what it takes with the most powerful weapon, LOVE and RIGHT UNDERSTANDING.   Let us unite as One Heart and One Mind and nothing outside of that energy can be maintained. We are today claiming our right to one human race and stewards of this blue orb.  Pollution of the oceans and this planet is no longer an option and will be dealt with according to the law of the universe.

Watch ‘Message from the Mother’

Watch ‘Message from the Mother’

A 12-minute film about the journey which led to the Declaration.

In late 2014, representatives of the original people of La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta came down from their sacred mountain in Colombia to deliver an urgent message and sacred invitation to Humanity on behalf of Mother Earth.

Elders of Munvwameke and Numaka, Nabusimake sent representatives (including spiritual leader, or ‘Mamo’, Miguel Arroyo – Iku and leader of the Iku Nation, Ñankwa Chaparro) to join with elders and wisdom keepers of other tribes and lands, including representatives from the Otomi and Mexica in Central America and Diné from North America, to initiate a ‘Unification Process for the awareness in collective consciousness of Life Originating Principles’. They came with the focus of activating healing in key sacred sites and to call forth humanity to realize that it is time to reclaim our connection to the Original Constitution of Mother Earth. The Earth is calling for our help and it is time for us all to answer.

The group journeyed to sacred sites in Durango, Colorado in the US; Mt. Fuji, Japan; and Uluru, Australia, with two fundamental aims: to bring healing and activation to these key energetic centres of the planet and to raise human consciousness toward the need for unification; calling forth humanity to join them in a deep personal commitment to heal and restore Mother Earth.

During their time in Uluru, the group together wrote a formal invocation to humanity which has been titled The Declaration to Restore Mother Earth. From Uluru, the group journeyed to the eastern most point of Australia in Byron Bay, where they were greeted by members of local and regional indigenous tribes and welcomed to UPLIFT 2014. On Sunday the 14th of December, UPLIFT festival participants and webcast audience around the world paused in a moment of profound silence, joining hands in a great circle as The Declaration to Restore Mother Earth was read aloud. Each person was invited to listen deeply to their own unique calling and to recognise the critical role we each play in bringing about the healing and restoration of our planet.

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Miracle on the Water!

Miracle on the Water!

Crew of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Operation Milagro Captures Rare Footage During First View Since 2013 of Critically Endangered Vaquita Porpoise in Sea of Cortez

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Photo: Sea Shepherd / Carolina A Castro
Taken under Aviso de filmación CNANP-00-010
On April 18, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society captured rare footage of the elusive and endangered vaquita porpoise in the waters of Mexico’s Gulf of California, the small cetacean’s only home on Earth. The sighting marks the first time since 2013 the shy creature has been spotted and filmed in the Sea of Cortez. The vaquita documented by the crew of Sea Shepherd USA’s Operation Milagro (Operation Miracle) campaign is one of only 97 remaining members of its species, considered by many to be the rarest marine mammal in the world.

The Sea Shepherd crew filmed and photographed as they encountered the lone porpoise on April 18, while documenting within the vaquitas’ marine refuge. The footage will be shared with the scientific community to contribute to the vitally important study and understanding of the dwindling vaquita population.

Sea Shepherd has been present in the Sea of Cortez for more than a month, with an international crew of volunteers aboard the research sailing vessel, R/V Martin Sheen. Captain Oona Layolle and her crew are documenting the plight of the vaquita population, collecting data in order to collaborate in efforts dedicated to vaquita conservation. Sea Shepherd has also been conducting outreach in the region, meeting with marine biologists, vaquita experts and other NGOs working locally to save these endangered porpoises from the irreversible fate of extinction.

news-150422-1-150418_cac_martin_sheen_looking_vaquita_p1090717-280wThe crew of Sea Shepherd USA research vessel, R/V Martin Sheen watches as the elusive vaquita swims within its marine refuge.
Photo: Sea Shepherd / Carolina A Castro
Taken under Aviso de filmación CNANP-00-010
The smallest of all seven porpoise species, the vaquita is also the smallest cetacean in the world. These petite porpoises are particularly vulnerable to population decline, with a slower rate of reproduction than that of other porpoises – giving birth to only one calf every two years. They have a comparatively short lifespan of approximately 20 years, and have never been held in captivity. Of the less than 100 remaining vaquitas, only 25 are believed to be females of reproductive age.

According to a 2014 report from the Comité Internacional para la Recuperacíon de la Vaquita (CIRVA), a committee that includes government agencies, marine biologists and NGOs, the vaquita population drastically plummets by 18.5 percent every year – and it is estimated that the vaquita could be extinct by 2018 if they continue to fall victim to by-catch in legal and illegal fisheries.

The biggest threat to the vaquita’s survival may now be the gillnets of illegal poaching operations aimed at catching the prized totoaba fish – a critically endangered species itself. The fish are highly sought after for their lucrative swim bladders, exported from Mexico – often sent through the United States – and sold on the black market in China, where they are served in soup. CIRVA reports that fishermen can receive as much as $8,500 USD for just one kilogram of swim bladder. Destructive gillnets are set on the bottom of the sea, leaving a deadly trap not only for the totoaba but for the vaquita as well. The porpoises become trapped in the nets – and unable to reach the surface for air, they drown.

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the shy porpoise has been spotted in the Sea of Cortez.
Photo: Sea Shepherd / Sandra Alba
Taken under Aviso de filmación CNANP-00-010
Sea Shepherd commends the Mexican government for the vital actions it is taking to prevent the extinction of the vaquita. Along with a two-year moratorium on gillnet fishing in the vaquita’s habitat, the government provided speedboats to the Navy for patrols of the marine reserve. In addition, Mexico is spending more than $30 million USD on efforts, including a net “buy-out” program to compensate fishermen who agree to stop using gillnets. Mexico will also strongly encourage the use of other, less destructive fishing methods that will not harm the dwindling vaquita population. Sea Shepherd hopes to work with Mexico in the effort to save the world’s last vaquitas and help their endangered species to recover.

“Seeing one of the 97 vaquitas alive in the sea with our own eyes was an incredible experience for all of us onboard the R/V Martin Sheen,” said Captain Oona Layolle. “To see one of the critically endangered marine animals we are here to protect has invigorated and inspired us and reminded us of why this campaign is so important. Sea Shepherd will continue our work for this imperiled species and we hope to assist local and national efforts here to protect it. It is Sea Shepherd’s hope that one day the beautiful sight of a living vaquita in these waters will no longer be a miracle.”

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