La Vaquita Marina Lecture Series

La Vaquita Marina: Where do we go from here?


Spring 2019 Lecture Series

In Collaboration with CEDO, Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans celebrating their 40th anniversary.

La Vaquita Marina, a small porpoise endemic to the upper Gulf of California, is on the precipice of extinction. Global scale economic pressure fuels local gill-net fishing that ensnare the vaquita, driving their numbers down to as few as a dozen individuals remaining. This lecture series with experts from Mexico and the United States will explore what lessons we can learn from an intertwined web of science, local and global economics, politics, black markets, and conservation. What can be taken from this dire situation for future conservation? Where does the middle ground exist and how do we get there?


Vanishing Vaquitas

January 16, 2019 | Dr. Barbara Taylor, U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Stories from the Field

February 20, 2019 | Brooke Bessesen, Author & Pablo Curiel, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

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Local Livelihoods 

March 20, 2019 | Dr. Marcela Vasquez Leon, University of Arizona, Center for Latin American Studies & Osmar Xavier Villalobos Cristerna, CEDO

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Operation Milagro

April 17, 2019 | Eva Hidalgo, Sea Shepherd

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Lessons Learned and Market Driven Solutions

May 15, 2019 | Dr. Sarah Mesnik, NOAA/Southwest Fisheries Center & Peggy Turk Boyer, CEDO Director

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