World Animal Protection, CIRVA, and Monterey Bay Diving join forces to protect the critically endangered vaquita porpoise

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SAN FELIPE, MexicoJune 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — World Animal Protection, the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA), and Monterey Bay Diving joined forces with local fishermen in San Felipe, Mexico this spring to locate illegal gillnets in critical vaquita porpoise habitat in the Gulf of California. The team used unique sonar scanning technology to locate illegal and discarded fishing nets likely to cause entanglement of the vaquita species and ultimately removed approximately 5,702 square meters of net. The gillnets recovered will be recycled by partners in the Global Ghost Gear Initiative founded by World Animal Protection, for use as nylon-based products.

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