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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Davies - Director

Protecting the Vaquita: A Mission in the Sea of Cortez

In the Sea of Cortez, the vaquita, a critically endangered porpoise, faces extinction due to illegal gillnet fishing for totoaba. With fewer than 10 vaquitas remaining, urgent action is essential.

Sea Shepherd, a marine conservation organisation, tirelessly patrols the Vaquita Refuge to combat illegal fishing and protect these rare porpoises. Since 2015, they've removed thousands of illegal gillnets, saving countless marine lives.

I had the privilege of making films with Sea Shepherd in 2019 that expose the devastating bycatch of these illegal gillnets. This project highlights the urgent need for global cooperation to enforce environmental laws and save the vaquita. The battle is far from over, but with continued efforts and public awareness, there's hope.

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