At the current rate of decline, the vaquita could be extinct by 2018.

CIRVA, (Comité Internacional para la Recuperación de la Vaquita,) predicts that the vaquita could be extinct, possibly by 2018, unless fishery bycatch is eliminated immediately. CIRVA recommends that the Government of Mexico enact emergency regulations to establish a gillnet exclusion zone. Vaquita will surely go extinct if nothing changes.

Image | © Barbara Taylor, NOAA Fisheries West Coast, Some Rights Reserved (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Sources | (Barlow, Rojas-Bracho, Piña, & Mesnick, 2010; EIA, 2016)

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