Live Event Schedule ─ July 24, 2021 PDT

Approx. Time Program Title
... Introduction and Opening Remarks
with Tom Jefferson and Marcus Wernicke
... Not a Dolphin Podcast (Live Recording)
with Lauren Hartling (Host)
... Call to Action: Letter Writing Campaign
with Julius Csotonyi
... Youth Panel Discussion
with Noemi, Aeon, Aidan, William
... Current Status of the Vaquita (talk)
with Sarah Mesnick (NOAA/SWFSC)
... Atlantic Humpback Dolphin (talk/rec.)
with Tim Collins/Aristide Kamla (CCAHD)
... Harbour and Dall's Porpoise (talk)
with Anna Hall (Porpoise Conservation Society)
... Burmeister's Porpoise (talk)
with Ana M. Garcia Cegarra (Porpoise Conservation Society)
... Finless Porpoise (talk)
with Tom Jefferson (VIVA Vaquita)
... Indus and Ganges River Dolphins (talk)
with Gill Braulik/Uzma Khan (University of St. Andrews)
... Panel Discussion with Q&A
with an Expert Panel
... Closing Remarks
with Tom Jefferson

programming recommended for younger audiences

About International Save the Vaquita Day

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.

More about the Vaquita

Message Mexico's Representatives

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.

This is your chance to drive that message home! Contact Mexico's officials through social media and email and let them know exactly how you feel and what you want them to do.

President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador

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Secretary of SEMARNAT Victor Manuel Toledo

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Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Esteban Moctezuma Barragán

Ambassador of Mexico to Canada, Juan José Gómez Camacho

Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom, Josefa González Blanco Ortiz Mena

Tweet your support and #SaveTheVaquita

Sign the Petition

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!

Add your name to the petition