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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2019, 07:18 AM

30. I've been volunteering

with Sea Shepherd for a couple years now as a drone operator (aka Gringorio) and deck crew. Before that I was following the vaquita/totoaba issue and traveled to San Felipe and El Golfo a few times. This issue is not as simple as 'kill the poachers'. While some of the poachers are from the outside working for the cartels, there are also local fishermen who are legitimately desperate to earn a living. As I said above, I feel that if you alienate the fishermen, you alienate the community and destroy any chance of a collaborative effort between local fishermen, NGO's and Mexican authorities. This is very complex and there is no easy answer.

A note on the attempted capture and breeding program. It was clear this was doomed from the beginning and many of us warned them of the potential to kill any vaquita they caught. I'm happy they stopped the attempt, but it was terrible that they killed one vaquita and separated another from her mother.

I understand now that there are legitimate attempts to farm totoaba and that the sea pen floating near San Felipe (that was built to house vaquita) is now being used as a test to farm totoaba.

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