Mortality reduction of vaquita, Phocoena sinus, through removal of abandoned, lost, or discarded fishing gear (ALDFG) and deterrence of illegal fishing in the Vaquita Protection Refuge
Gonzalez Olimon, C.
Cat Action Treasury, Inc.
Vaquitas are at extreme risk of extinction, with an estimated minimum population of fewer than 20 individuals. This project aims to reduce fishery-related mortality of vaquita by deploying teams of local fishers to locate and remove ALDFG (primarily gillnets) that are a direct entanglement threat to the surviving vaquitas. It is anticipated that the presence of these gear-removal teams will have a complementary deterrent effect on illegal fishing.