Vaquita are often caught and drowned in gillnets used by illegal fishing operations in marine protected areas within Mexico's Gulf of California. In July 2017, a federal agreement permanently banned all gillnets except those used for fishing two species: curvina and sierra. A 2019 survey found a badly-decomposed vaquita corpse, likely one of the handful remaining, caught in a gillnet, indicating that the species is still at risk from gillnets even despite its very small population.

The IUCN ran models using fisheries data, the 1997 population number, and other counts, and estimated that, in the early 20th century, the vaquita population may have been 5000. The elusive vaquita porpoise is now facing imminent extinction according to reports. In 2016, estimates of the vaquita population stood at just … "Souls of the Vermilion Sea", a 30-minute documentary about the local community where the vaquita is found and why its population has declined "Sea of Shadows", a full-length 2019 documentary produced by Leonardo DiCaprio on the effort to rescue the vaquita from extinction; Voices in the Sea – sounds of the vaquita

January 03 2019 06:45 PM EST ... Vaquita The tiny vaquita porpoise will likely go extinct in the next few years, as less than 30 are left in the world.

Their estimated population dropped from approximately 600 to fewer than 20 animals.

> The government of Mexico, determined to prevent the vaquita’s extinction, enacted a two-year > … There Are ‘At Most’ 19 Vaquitas Left in the Wild ... the vaquita population has continued to dwindle; ... ten dead vaquita have been found between 2016 and 2019… > The vaquita population has decreased by 18.5% per year in recent years. In 2005 Mexico’s government made part of the gulf a vaquita refuge. But the population kept falling—from more than 200 individuals in 2008 to fewer than 30 in 2016.

In September 2015, the Mexican government conducted a survey of the vaquita population using both ship-based monitoring and sound-based detectors throughout vaquita habitat. Established in 1964, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. Most other recent estimates place the vaquita population at around 30. The tiny vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) is found only in the shallow waters of the northern Gulf of California, Mexico.It is the most endangered of the 128 marine mammals alive in the world today. "We estimate fewer than 19 vaquitas remained as of summer 2018. The release of the new vaquita estimate comes just two days after reports of the possible first vaquita mortality of 2019. The latest report by the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA) estimates that only between 6 and 22 individuals remained alive in 2018.

It is possible, though, that there no more than 10 vaquitas left.

There are fewer than 19 vaquita porpoises thought to be left, according to a study. The vaquita, the world’s smallest and most endangered cetacean, is found only in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California. This little porpoise was only discovered in 1958, yet it's already on the brink of … (For comparison, in 1997, the population was estimated to be about 600 individuals strong.) Embattled vaquita: group says just 12 left. 8. Vaquita Population Continues Decline as Totoaba Fishery Grows Posted on April 14, 2019 at 10:10 am.

More details are expected in the coming days. Beach at the Sea of Cortez in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. There are fewer than 19 vaquita porpoises thought to be left, according to a study.

Native to the Gulf of California, there were an estimated 30 … Established in 1964, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species. The vaquita is the world's rarest marine mammal—and is in dire need of our help. From March 2016 to March 2019, 10 dead vaquitas killed in gillnets were found," the authors wrote, noting that the population … Vaquita Population Decline Between 1997 and 2019, gillnets killed hundreds of vaquitas.