“We will not allow the vaquita to go extinct, which means if captive breeding is the only option left, we will try our best to accomplish it. ” It’s a very said choice but if they can be breed and released then it could be the solution to saving these beautiful, sentient beings.
For as long as we have known about the vaquita, gillnets have been killing more individuals than are being born. The upper Gulf of California has been a danger zone for the species ever since humans started fishing there, and unfortunately, vaquita don’t live anywhere else.
Even though gillnets are now permanently banned in the vaquita’s range, there will still be illegal fishing if compensation and/or nighttime enforcement issues are not fixed immediately. These are indeed desperate times. So desperate, in fact, that no option is off the table when it comes to salvaging this species.
The idea of ex-situ conservation (captive breeding) for the vaquita has not been given much thought, until recently.
Here is ¡VIVA Vaquita!’s official position statement on the issue:
“The issue of possible live-captures and ex-situ conservation (generally known as captive breeding) of the vaquita has recently been much talked about and debated. This…
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