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In the serene corner of the Gulf of California, Mexico, the air escapes the lungs of the smallest marine mammal in the world as it gets tangled up in a fishing net. It is one of the last of its kind.

There is a tiny species of porpoise, called the Vaquita, that is getting tangled and killed by gillnets set out for fish and shrimp. The only place they live in the world is in the very northernmost Gulf of California. There are only around 250 left, and are vanishing quickly. Don't let this adorable, little-known species slip away right before our eyes. The only reason they are so rare is because they are getting killed in the nets. We must get the fishermen to stop fishing there! The Mexican government has just put out a new law saying that they will switch out every shrimp gillnet in the northern Gulf of California with Vaquita-safe trawls in the next 3 years. This is huge news! We now need to make sure that they follow through with their promise and also create Vaquita-safe trawls for finfish and implement those nets as well. The Vaquita is so elusive, some locals consider it to be non-existent! Get the word out about the Vaquita, and maybe this species can make a change for the better. You can check out my Vaquita blog at http://vlogvaquita.com/. Please share this petition on Facebook and Twitter!

Letter to
Federal Angency PROFEPA
Federal Agency SEMARNAT
President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto
As you may know, there is a tiny species of porpoise, called the Vaquita, that is getting tangled and killed by gillnets set out for fish and shrimp. The only place they live in the world is in the very northernmost Gulf of California. There are only around 250 left, and they are vanishing quickly. Don't let this adorable, little-known species slip away right before our eyes. The only reason they are so rare is because they are getting killed in the nets. We must get the fishermen to stop fishing there! The Vaquita is so elusive, some locals consider it to be non-existent! Fortunately, the Mexican government has just put out a new law saying that they will switch out every shrimp gillnet in the northern Gulf of California with Vaquita-safe trawls in the next 3 years. This is very important and the necessary step needed to save the Vaquita! I thank you tremendously for your actions. We now need to make sure that you follow through with your promise and also create Vaquita-safe trawls for finfish and implement those nets as well. I know you are working on this situation, but there are still many fishermen fishing there anyway. I ask you to realize that the fishermen are not getting the proper attention and money for the voluntary buy-out. Also, PROFEPA has a ship that patrols the waters of the northern Gulf, but more enforcements are still needed to properly control illegal fishing. Please read this report: http://www.vivavaquita.org/PDF/CIRVA2012.pdf. I ask you to look more into the issues everyone is facing, man and porpoise, in the serene corner of your nation. Thank you for your time and reply.