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Leonardo DiCaprio Joins Forces With Mexican Government to Save the World’s Most Endangered Marine Mammal


Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Leonardo DiCaprio are fighting to save the critically involved vaquita from extinction.
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Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Leonardo DiCaprio and telecom aristocrat Carlos Slim sealed a memorandum of understanding committing to safety sea ecosystems in the Gulf of California and to save the vaquita porpoise—the most involved sea reptile in the world.

The region’s rampant overfishing has driven the native vaquita to the margin of extinction, with fewer than 30 of the animals left in the wild, according to a corner matter from Slim and DiCaprio’s particular foundations.

Surfacing vaquitas. (image: Paula Olson/Marine Mammal Commission)

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“Now some-more than ever, the universe is looking for confidant care at every turn to tackle climate change and environmental charge issues,” DiCaprio said. “I am respected to work with President Peña Nieto, who has been a personality in ecosystem conservation, to safeguard the future viability of sea life in the Gulf.”

Vaquitas are threatened due to the use of unauthorized gillnet fishing to locate the totoaba bass, which Chinese markets find for its bladder. But gillnets can means the death of animals, including the vaquita, that get trapped in them.

The memorandum, sealed in Mexico City in June, calls to make permanent the proxy anathema on the use of gillnets in all fisheries within the vaquita’s waters, improving coercion efforts and augmenting charge of totoaba poaching.

Other objectives embody the breach of night fishing in the top Gulf of California and the Vaquita Reserve, and implementing and enforcing singular entrance and exit points around the segment for all fishing by approved inspectors.

“This movement is a vicious step towards ensuring that the Gulf of California continues to be both colourful and productive, generally for class like the critically-endangered Vaquita,” Dicaprio continued. “My Foundation and we demeanour brazen to stability to work with President Peña Nieto, the NGO partners, and the internal communities in the Gulf to strech larger swell on these vicious issues.”

Now some-more than ever, the universe is looking for confidant care at every turn to tackle meridian change and environmental charge issues. we am respected to work with President Peña Nieto (@EPN) to safeguard the future viability of sea life in the Gulf. This movement is a vicious step towards ensuring that the Gulf of California continues to be both colourful and productive, generally for class like the critically involved #vaquita. My foundation, @LeonardoDiCaprioFdn, and we demeanour brazen to stability to work with President Peña Nieto, the NGO partners and the internal communities in the Gulf to strech larger swell on these vicious issues. Link in bio to learn more.

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Jun 7, 2017 at 4:07pm PDT

In May, DiCaprio urged Pena Nieto around social media to save the vaquita. In response, the boss positive the actor and distinguished environmentalist that his country would strengthen the critically involved porpoise.

“Mexico understands its shortcoming as one of the countries with biggest biodiversity,” pronounced Peña Nieto in a matter after the signing. “That is because we have implemented an ancestral bid to equivocate the annihilation of a singular class in the universe and also to strengthen vicious ecosystems such as the Revillagigedo World Heritage Site. Mexico also understands its disadvantage to the effects of meridian change, and that is because we committed to meet the commitments of the Paris Agreement and to work with other countries to do the same. We are very gratified to have the support of the DiCaprio Foundation and the Slim Foundation given the sum of bid and teamwork always brings better results.”

Slim also praised the move.

“The efforts embraced by the supervision of Mexico towards the upkeep and refuge of the environment, as good as the relentless work by universities, NGOs and munificent organizations have been significant,” Slim said. “Today, we join with the supervision and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, along with several NGOs, for what could be the last event to rescue and safety the Vaquita sea mammal. Despite the efforts and investments implemented to save them—their race has dramatically declined, sadly, as victims trapped by illegal fishing gillnets.”

Lorraine Chow is a freelance author and contributor formed in South Carolina.



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