Fishing at the Edge of Extinction: Vaquita conservation in the Upper Gulf of California

 

Image courtesy of Society for Conservation Biology

In 2012, LAS department director Marcela Vásquez-León obtained a Fulbright scholar award titled “Fishing at the edge of extinction: Vaquita conservation in the Upper Gulf of California.” The project, still ongoing, is investigating the first large scale application of  the PACE-vaquita program in the Upper Gulf of California-Colorado River Delta Biosphere Reserve, which started in 2008 and has become the site of one of the most intensive single-species conservation efforts in the global South. To read more about the Gulf of California fisheries project and others that Dr. Vásquez-León is currently working on, check out her webpage.