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Recovering the Vaquita and Promoting Sustainable Local Livelihoods
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Recovering the Vaquita

Status: Completed

Operational Plan: 2009

The purpose of this project is to support Mexico's recovery strategy for this species and to steward the implementation of a North American Conservation Action Plan (NACAP), to eliminate incidental bycatch of vaquita.

Launched in 2008, the Vaquita NACAP supports Mexico's significant commitment of financial and other resources towards accomplishment of its conservation and socio-economic goals related to the recovery of this species.


The vaquita is the world's smallest and most endangered marine cetacean, and its current distribution range is the most limited with its total population estimated at only about 150 individuals. It is in critical danger of extinction, primarily due to incidental mortality in entangling nets.

The purpose of this project is to support Mexico's recovery strategy for the vaquita by facilitating trinational cooperation and the implementation of the North American Conservation Action Plan (NACAP) for this species.

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With current annual mortalities estimated at around 40 vaquitas per year, immediate action is required in order to save this species from extinction.


The vaquita qualifies for listing as Critically Endangered based on criteria A4d and C2a(ii).

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Adobe Acrobat North American Conservation Action Plan for the Vaquita (Phocoena sinus)
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This NACAP is intended to provide a trinational outlook on the species. It gives an updated account of the species and its current situation, identifies the main risk factors causing the species to suffer an unsustainable level of mortality, and summarizes the current management and actions taken in each country, as well as public and commercial perception of the species and the threats it faces.
Adobe Acrobat Project Description 2009
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