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Introduction and Opening Remarks
with Tom Jefferson and Marcus Wernicke
programming suitable for children
International Save the Vaquita Day is intended to be an annual event similar to Earth Day, but with a specific focus on raising awareness and appreciation of the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita (Phocoena sinus). Events around the globe direct the attention of people to the plight of this tiny porpoise species, and what needs to be done to save it from extinction. There are booths, games, music, free prizes, educational brochures, inspirational talks, face painting, and several life-size models of vaquitas on hand to draw attention to and appreciation of the vaquita, Mexico’s “Panda of the Sea”.
In 2021, due to restrictions in effect due to COVID-19, the event will once again take place entirely online, with a day-long live stream on YouTube, Facebook and Twitch.
The fate of the vaquita is in the hands of the Mexican government. Mexico can't waste time and must act now, and decisively, to end gillnet fishing in the Sea of Cortez forever, to enforce its existing laws and to prosecute the criminals that ignore the rule of law.
Mexico needs to know that we're not standing by while the lack of enforcement in the Sea of Cortez is driving the vaquita to extinction. More than 200,000 people have signed our official petition since we launched it for International Save the Vaquita Day 2018. We are still waiting for action, and we won't go silently!