AMA Mexico (Association for Environmental Unity in Mexico) is a Mexican non-profit organization devoted to the protection of the natural resources and ecology of Mexico's Pacific Coast. Our current focus is on the conservation of the endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtle and its nesting habitat on the north shore of Bahia de Banderas (the Bay of Banderas), in the State of Nayarit, just 15 kilometers (10 miles) north of Puerto Vallarta.
We are the Future!
AMA Mexico is dedicated to the education of future generations of turtle conservationists. Hundreds of children from Mexico and abroad participate in activities each year that encourage them to become stewards of the oceans. By working with Mexico's Ministry of Education in Nayarit's local schools and by offering hands-on experience during hatchling releases, we hope to instill in these eager visitors to the Nuevo Vallarta Sea Turtle Preserve a love of the sea and all its precious creatures.
AMA Mexico founders President Manuel Carlos and his wife Ann started the organization initially to make sure that winter nesting Olive Ridleys on the Nuevo Vallarta beach were part of the existing Mexican government's Sea Turtle Conservation Program there.
Prior to 2002, the Nuevo Vallarta Sea Turtle Preserve (NVSTP) was open only six months of the year. However, observing that a significant number of turtles nested during the "winter/spring low season", Professor Carlos offered to keep the Preserve open from January 1 to June 15 by employing biologists to patrol the beach, relocate turtle nests and collect data. He also proposed starting an environmental information program for visitors to the Preserve.
The Mexican government's Environmental Protection Agency (SEMARNAT) and later the Commission for the Protection of Natural Areas (CONANP) agreed to allow this. Once the government agencies saw the resulting data on the nests collected during the "low season", they decided to keep the Preserve open year round.
With the current anticipated collection of upwards of 9,000 Olive Ridley nests each year, the Nuevo Vallarta beach has become the largest nesting beach for endangered Sea Turtles in the region.
Another initiative undertaken by AMA Mexico was to help in establishing the NVSTP as a permanent physical presence on the beach. By working with the owner/developer of the land upon which the Preserve is located, there is now a permanent building for the Preserve on his property, which is undergoing a large high-end condo development project.
AMA Mexico collaborates with the Mexican government to support the operations of the Nuevo Vallarta Sea Turtle Preserve. In addition to providing stipends for staff biologists and student interns, the organization provides environmental education at different levels, trains volunteers, and produces educational materials on Sea Turtles.
There are three annual Arts for the Turtles fundraising events, in collaboration with The Bahia de Banderas Rotary Club, and grants for research project help to fuel this support.
AMA Mexico works in collaboration with other Mexican organizations, local schools, and universities.
AMA Mexico is dedicated to developing public awareness of the value of Sea Turtles and their habitats as well as general stewardship over the seashore and waters of the Bay of Banderas.
We have active environmental education programs with a special focus on the education of school age children since they are the next generation of stewards for the wildlife of the Pacific Coast of Mexico.
AMA Mexico supports student interns and volunteers who work to protect Mexico's natural resources. They help us to communicate the human value of protecting the native flora and fauna of the oceans.
AMA Mexico is involved in research aimed at determining the best conditions for Sea Turtle nesting and hatchling survival on the beaches of Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico.
Arts for the Turtles Events:
AMA Mexico's Arts for the Turtles events take place two to three times a year (February, March and December) at Bahia del Sol Resort on the beach. Artists and volunteers from everywhere on the Bay of Banderas gather to contribute their time and talents in support of the sea turtle conservation efforts of the Nuevo Vallarta Sea Turtle Preserve.
Each Arts for the Turtles event features original designs in beachwear, jewelry, art cards, photographs, paintings, and textile art. Baked goodies remind everyone of home. Each year a special hand crafted quilt designed by Karen Guthrie is raffled off, and the Silent Auction always presents exciting items to bid on. Great music and food are provided by the well known SeaHorse Restaurant at each event.
An important part of AMA Mexico's mission is to support sea turtle conservation by sharing information with children and their families about sea turtles and the biodiversity of the Bay of Banderas.
Our volunteers and staff give nightly Turtle Talks to the national and international visitors who comes to the Preserve for evening hatchling releases. Classes from local schools attend special presentations year round. The Turtle Talks are given in English and Spanish.
AMA Mexico is also developing educational DVDs and PPTs on sea turtle conservation and the biodiversity of Banderas Bay.
Sea Turtle Seminars:
The non-profit organization AMA Mexico AC invites you to attend a series of informational seminars on Sea Turtles and the Nuevo Vallarta Sea Turtle Preserve's Conservation Program. The purpose of these seminars is to share experiences and educate residents and visitors about Sea Turtle conservation and to recruit possible volunteers for the Preserve's operations and AMA Mexico's environmental education program.
During the three two hour sessions conducted by Professor Manuel Carlos and other volunteers, you will learn about the Sea Turtles who nest on our beach, the conservation program that protects them and some of the basic rules for the protection, and handling of our Turtle neighbors. The do's and don'ts of dealing with the adults and newborns will be addressed, from nesting, egg recovery, relocation, incubation and protection to hatchling release practices.
Participants who wish to serve as volunteers will be issued a card acknowledging their participation and authorizing them to share their information with others.
Sea Turtle Hatchling Releases:
Olive Ridley hatchling releases are held in the early evening in front of the Nuevo Vallarta Sea Turtle Preserve located at Ocean Terrace Condominiums.
You can reach the Preserve by walking on the beach or by driving to Bahia del Sol Resort.
Because the high nesting season begins in July and continues through November, nightly releases begin in August and continue nightly through January. From February on, the baby turtles may not hatch every day. The best way to find out if a release will take place on any given evening is to ask the reception staff at Bahia del Sol (322-297-9527). Preserve Administrator Antonio Razo usually calls them by mid-afternoon if any eggs have hatched.
When you arrive at the Preserve to participate in a release, you will see that there has been a change in procedures. The Mexican government is attempting to make sea turtle conservation programs self-sustaining,and is thus charging a 25 peso per person fee for anyone participating in a hatchling release.
AMA Mexico volunteers give Turtle Talks on the endangered Olive Ridley and Leatherback Sea Turtles and instructions on how to release the hatchlings.
AMA Mexico and the Nuevo Vallarta Sea Turtle Preserve's hosts, Bahia del Sol Resort and Ocean Terrace Condominiums, support the Preserve's turtle conservation program by providing a home for the Preserve's staff and volunteers and by underwriting stipends, equipment and supply needs.
AMA Mexico thanks all of you who contribute to helping Sea Turtle conservation programs anywhere and encourages everyone to participate in the life-changing experience of liberating an endangered baby sea turtle to the sea!
AMA Mexico's work is supported by dedicated volunteers and contributors. We are helped by many volunteers who offer their talents and energies. Some work at the Sea Turtle Preserve presenting "Turtle Talks" to visitors. Others participate in night patrols and research efforts, which we hope will lead to a better understanding of how to improve Sea Turtle Conservation.
Our contributors are the artists and volunteers who donate their creations and time to the Arts for the Turtles events, which take place at Bahia del Sol Resort in December, January and February each year. The Rotary Club of the Bay of Banderas is also a major supporter.
AMA Mexico maintains an office and contacts in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico and Watsonville, California, U.S.A. We have volunteer representatives in the Bahia de Banderas region of Jalisco and Nayarit, Mexico and in other parts of the U.S. and Canada. In Mexico we can be contacted at email@example.com or in the US at firstname.lastname@example.org to answer any questions you may have about joining our efforts.
AMA Mexico and the Turtles thank all of you!
Support Us and the Turtles
AMA Mexico is a legally constituted non profit organization in Mexico. Our identification number which can be used for tax exempt purposes in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada is AMA040331DEA.
We gratefully accept contributions in support of our work and encourage you to practice the conservation guidelines outlined below.
Please mail your check or money order made out to AMA Mexico to:
243 Corralitos Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
Here is how YOU can help to protect Sea Turtles:
• Keep beaches clean. Properly dispose of your garbage. Turtles may mistake plastic bags, styrofoam, and trash floating in the water as food and die when this trash blocks their intestines. Picking up garbage on the beach prevents it from being washed into the ocean.
• Boaters have a special responsibility. When boating in tropical and subtropical areas, stay alert and avoid sea turtles. Propeller and collision impacts from boats and ships can result in injury and death to sea turtles.
• Make cautious use of beaches. Never leave campfires unattended on the beach where sea turtles nest. Completely put out your fire when leaving. (It is best not to construct beach campfires during nesting season.) Sea turtle hatchlings are attracted to the light and may crawl into fires and die.
• Do not distract Sea Turtles with artificial lights. Use your natural vision or moonlight when walking on the beach at night.
• Keep your distance from nesting Turtles. If you encounter a nesting Turtle on the beach, remain quiet and slowly step away to watch her at a distance. Flash photography and human disturbance may prevent her from nesting successfully.
• Do not disturb Turtle tracks. Leave the tracks left by Sea Turtles undisturbed. Researchers use the tracks to identify the species of Turtle and to find and relocate the nests for protection. If there is a Sea Turtle Conservation Project nearby, notify the personnel there of the location of the tracks.
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Researchers are investigating a conservation strategy that involves capturing and placing some of the remaining vaquitas in enclosures out in the gulf - in an effort to save them. There are, however, a lot of risks to this strategy.
|California Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Shows, Captive Breeding and Export of Orcas|
The California State Legislature last week approved a historic bill that would ban the breeding of captive killer whales and orca performances in that state. It would also prohibit the export of captive orcas out of North America.
|These Wired, Fake Turtle Eggs Could Track Down Poachers and Crack Illegal Trade|
The Washington Post
Smooth to the touch and perfectly round, these ping pong ball-size eggs could easily pass for any of the millions laid and buried every year by endangered sea turtles on the beaches along the North and Central American coasts.
|Mexico Launches Drones to Save Endangered Vaquita|
Mexico's government has launched three drones to back efforts to prevent illegal fishing activities that have led to the near extinction of the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.
|Mexico Bans Night Fishing, Gillnets to Save Vaquita|
The Associated Press
Mexican authorities say they are banning night fishing and gill nets in an area inhabited by the endangered vaquita marina porpoise.
|UN to Mexico: Save the Vaquita or Risk Heritage Status|
Center for Biological Diversity
The United Nation’s World Heritage Committee directed Mexico to take immediate action to save the imperiled vaquita porpoise, or risk “in danger” status for its “Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California” World Heritage site.
|Totoaba Trafficking Easy Money for Mexico Criminals|
The illegal trafficking of a fish endemic to Mexico's waters is reportedly a low-risk trade that is generating huge profits for criminal organizations looking to feed black-market demand in Asia.
|Assisted Breeding for Mexico's Endangered Vaquita?|
As the vaquita – the world’s smallest porpoise – plunges toward extinction, scientists have a tough decision ahead of them: to attempt a super risky captive breeding program or not?
|First Great White Shark Caught Sleeping on Film Along Baja's Guadalupe Island|
Mother Nature Network
Remarkable footage was captured by a robotic submersible that tracked a female great white shark as it swam at night around Guadalupe Island, near Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.
|How Our Consumer Culture Is Killing the Whales|
A new documentary explores the boom in noise pollution from ocean shipping that is disrupting the habitat of marine mammals.
|Filmmaker Hopes to Save a Tiny Porpoise in Mexico|
Boise State Public Radio
Idaho filmmaker Matthew Podolsky has been filming a short documentary in Mexico, trying to save what’s often called “the Panda of the Sea.”
|NOAA Expert Puts the World in World Sea Turtle Day|
Listen to Manjula Tiwari, a sea turtle scientist with NOAA. Dr. Tiwari works all over the world helping communities that live near sea turtle nesting beaches to protect their sea turtle populations.
|Video Inspires a New Generation of Ocean Activists|
On World Oceans Day this week, author and activist Joel Harper used the occasion to unveil an animated video based on his popular children’s book, All the Way to the Ocean.
|Closing the Gaps in Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking in Latin America|
Inter Press Service
Because of their biological wealth, Mexico, Central America and the Amazon rainforest – which is shared by Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela – are the main sources of trafficked plant and animal species in the region.
|Brewing Up a Six-Pack Ring That Won't Kill Sea Turtles|
A biodegradable, edible invention from SaltWater Brewery and creative agency We Believers has people asking, ‘What took so long?’
|Couple Sentenced to 6 Months in Prison for Smuggling Sea Turtle Eggs from Nayarit|
San Diego Union-Tribune
A Southern California couple was sentenced to six months in prison for smuggling more than 900 endangered sea turtle eggs into the U.S. from Mexico.
|Jairo Mora Loved Sea Turtles. They Killed Him for It.|
The Daily Beast
It’s not only the drug cartels that use deadly violence to eliminate their enemies. When environmentalists stand up to big business they’re liable to be killed.
|Conservationists Used a Night Vision Drone to Bust Poachers in the Gulf of California|
Sea Shepherd, a ocean conservation group known for its aggressive tactics, recently deployed what might be an ideal weapon for catching poachers red-handed: a quadcopter drone equipped with a thermal night vision camera.
|Faking Out Poachers with 3D-Printed Sea Turtle Eggs|
Conservationists hope to track the black market in eggs by tricking traders with artificial ones that contain wireless transmitters.
|How Underwater Resorts Could Save the Coral Reefs|
The concept of an underwater resort is a polarizing one. Nonetheless, the potential benefits of developing one possibly extend beyond the inevitable tourism draw.
|Poachers Are Pushing Mexico's Vaquita to Extinction|
Yale Environment 360
China’s lucrative black market for fish parts is threatening the vaquita, the world’s most endangered marine mammal. The porpoises, who live only in the Gulf of California, are getting caught up as bycatch in illegal gill nets and killed.
|First Invasive Lionfish Found in Mexico's Southeast|
A lionfish, an invasive species that damages the ecosystem by wiping out native fish and crustaceans, was caught in the southeastern Mexican state of Campeche.
|Mexico City Protest Demands Ban on Bullfighting|
AnimaNaturalis activists protested Sunday against bullfighting, demanding that it be banned, at the Revolution Monument in Mexico City.
|Marine Life Can't Keep Up with Rapid Climate Change|
Researchers say that from British Columbia to Mexico, increasing acidity, rising temperatures, and lower oxygen levels are putting multiple stresses on marine life at the same time.
|Mexicans Rescue Thousands of Deserted Turtle Eggs|
Latin American Herald Tribune
More than abandoned 12,000 Golfina turtle eggs have been recovered from beaches in the Pacific coast states of Michoacan and Oaxaca.
|TED: An Underwater Art Museum, Teeming with Life |
Mission Blue II
For sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the ocean is more than a muse - it's an exhibition space and museum.
|Rescuers Save 7 Beached Dolphins in Baja California|
Mexican environmental authorities say they were able to lead seven beached dolphins back to sea but 16 others died on the beaches of the Baja California peninsula.
|Operation Milagro: The Vaquita Defense Campaign|
The world's most critically endangered marine mammal - a small porpoise called the vaquita that only resides in the Sea of Cortez - is finally getting the attention it so desperately needs to survive.
|Unraveling Latin America's Illegal Wildlife Trade|
75 to 90 percent of trafficked animals die during transport, but profits are so lucrative that criminals continue emptying Latin America’s forests and oceans.
|Mexico Hails Sightings of Near-Extinct Porpoise|
An international scientific expedition has spotted up to 25 individual specimens of a near-extinct small porpoise in Mexico's Gulf of California, amid efforts to save the critically endangered vaquita marina.
|Mexico's Vaquita Might Not Withstand the Rising Chinese Market for Totoaba Bladders|
The vaquita, an endangered harbor porpoise that only lives in the Gulf of California, is being killed as collateral damage in the hunt for the bladders of an endangered fish that shares these same waters.
|3.5 Tons of Shark Fins Seized in Western Mexico|
Authorities seized 3.5 tons of shark fins and 529 kilos of sea bass swim bladders in Manzanillo, a coastal city in the western Mexican state of Colima, the Profepa federal environmental protection agency said.
|WWF Reports Marine Population Halved Since 1970|
Populations of marine mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have declined by 49% since 1970, a report says. The study says some species people rely on for food are faring even worse, noting a 74% drop in the populations of tuna and mackerel.
|Tourists Thwart Turtles from Nesting in Costa Rica|
The New York Times
The day-trippers swarmed onto the beach to watch one of nature’s most extraordinary sights, hundreds of thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles crawling out of the ocean to lay their eggs in the sand. The turtles did not want the company.
|Endangered Vaquita Porpoises Seen in Sea of Cortez|
The Himalayan Times
A newly launched effort to find critically endangered vaquita marina porpoises has already spotted at least two and perhaps three of the elusive, rarely seen creatures in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.
|SEMARNAT Again Rejects Coastal Project That Threated Cabo Pulmo National Park|
Natural Resources Defense Council
In a win for Mexico's coral reefs, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources once more issued a resounding "NO" to the massive Cabo Cortes coastal tourism project that threatened Cabo Pulmo National Park.
|Blue Whale Entangled in Fishing Line Reported Sighted in Mexico Waters|
A boat off the coast of Mexico apparently spotted the blue whale Monday that rescuers first saw several days ago entangled in hundreds of feet of fishing line near Los Angeles.
|An 'Accidental Extinction' Faces Mexican Porpoise|
PRI's The World
The world’s most endangered marine mammal is a small porpoise called the vaquita - Spanish for little cow. The vaquita has been under threat for years, but now the poaching of a rare fish may be driving the tiny Mexican porpoise to extinction.
|Rising Number of Cancerous Sea Turtles in Mexico|
Riviera Maya News
Aside from marine pollution and natural predators, researchers are finding an alarming increase in sea turtle cancer.
|Mexico Says It Is Committed to Protect Sea Turtles|
Mexico disagrees with a U.S. conclusion, which says it is not doing enough to reduce the deaths of endangered sea turtles in fishing nets, and will ban Mexican sea products if it doesn’t bring protections up to U.S. standards.
|Drones to Combat Turtle Egg Poachers in Mexico|
Authorities in Mexico will deploy drones on southwestern beaches in Oaxaca to protect against a reported surge in poaching of the eggs of the threatened Olive Ridley turtle.
|Poachers Threaten Oaxaca Sea Turtle Population|
Television del Sur
Poachers in the southwestern Mexican state of Oaxaca are threatening the continued existence of the Olive Ridley turtle. The sea turtles' eggs and nesting areas on the Pacific Coast had been protected by the navy until 2014.
|Say Hello to Deep Blue: 'The Biggest Great White Shark Ever Filmed'|
Newly found footage of the 20-foot long great white was recorded off Mexico’s Guadalupe Island by shark expert Mauricio Hoyos Padilla in 2013.
|Observers Say Mexico Is Not Enforcing a Gillnet Ban Meant to Save Vaquitas|
Despite a ban that started April 10, some Mexican fishermen are still using gillnets in the northern Gulf of Mexico to the detriment of critically endangered endemic porpoises.
|97K Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles Born on Mexico Beach|
More than 97,000 Kemp's ridley sea turtles were born in recent days at the Playa Rancho Nuevo wildlife sanctuary in Mexico's Tamaulipas state, the National Protected Natural Areas Commission (Conanp) said.
|Sea of Cortez: The World's Aquarium|
The Sea of Cortez has an almost legendary status among divers and marine naturalists. John Steinbeck wrote a book about his voyage here aboard a scientific collecting expedition in 1940, and Jacques Cousteau famously called it “the world’s aquarium”.
|Amazing Turtle's Eye-View of the Great Barrier Reef|
The Great Barrier Reef is home to almost 6000 species. Thanks to GoPro, here’s what the journey through it looks like for one of them: a turtle’s eye view of the Reef.
|175,000 Turtle Hatchlings Released on Mexican Beach|
Latin American Herald Tribune
Environmental authorities in Mexico have released 175,416 hatchlings of the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle at Playa Rancho Nuevo Sanctuary on the country’s northeastern Gulf coast.
|Demise Imminent Without Drastic Action by Mexico to Save the Vaquita Porpoise|
Center for Biological Diversity
A scientific report finds that vaquita porpoises declined by more than 40 percent in a single year and consequently only around 50 individuals of the species likely remain on Earth.
|Dolphins Go Wild in Back to the Blue Project to Free Captive Marine Mammals|
A new report on the successful rehabilitation and release of wild-caught dolphins could well become the how-to manual for other efforts to “rewild” marine mammals at aquariums around the world.
|Dolphin Deaths Linked to 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill|
PRI's The World
It appears that no amount of cleaning can fix the long-term effects of oil contamination in fragile coastal habitats.
|Tons of Endangered Sea Species Seized in Mexico |
In the last three years, Mexico has seized some 18 tons of products and byproducts of Totoaba macdonaldi, an endangered fish, said the Federal Office for Environmental Protection.
|Cage Diving Offers View of Baja's Great White Sharks|
The Columbus Dispatch
The chance to see these beasts interact in their natural environment inspires more excitement than fear for many adventurers. And those who meet the sharks quickly learn that the reputation is largely undeserved.
|Activists: 'Premature' to Loosen Endangered Species Protection for Humpback Whales|
The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed to loosen the protections for certain populations of humpback whales. But animal rights activists warn that doing so could put the whales in grave danger.
|Scaling Sand Dunes and Saving Sea Turtles in Baja California Sur|
Based in La Paz, Red Travel Mexico exists as a hybrid organization, half tour operator in the secluded paradises of the Baja peninsula and half nonprofit conducting sea turtle research.
|Rare Footage of Endangered Vaquita in Sea of Cortez|
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has captured rare footage of the elusive and endangered vaquita porpoise in the waters of Mexico’s Gulf of California, the small cetacean’s only home on Earth.
|The Guardians of the Nesting Sea Turtles of Cancun|
In Cancun, it seems, guarding sea turtles is right up there with Jet-Skiing and parasailing as must-do adventures.
|New Plan to Save Mexico's Rare Vaquita Porpoise|
U-T San Diego
With the small and rarely seen vaquita porpoise verging on extinction, Mexico’s federal government is launching an unprecedented effort to save the species.
|Researcher Sylvia Earle's Wish: Protect Our Oceans|
Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle says we should all stop eating fish before it is too late.
|Turtle Discovery May Provide Global Warming Clues|
University Daily News
Scientists at the University of Florida claim that tropical turtle fossils discovered in Wyoming could unlock the clues to climate change.
|Wildlife Still Struggling Five Years After BP Oil Spill|
Nature World News
As the five year anniversary of the infamous BP oil spill approaches, a new report has revealed that 20 species of wildlife are still dealing with the damage from the disaster's aftermath, with dolphins dying in high numbers and abnormal fish being born.
|Will Boycotting Mexican Seafood Save the Vaquita?|
Natural Resources Defense Council
Frustrated that Mexico and the United States are not taking the steps necessary to save a small porpoise found only in the Gulf of California from going extinct, people are increasingly looking at banning or boycotting Mexican seafood products as the only way to produce necessary action in Mexico.
|Cousteau Urges Need to Understand, Protect Ocean|
“We need to treat the world like a business and our resources like capital,” says Jean-Michel Cousteau, adding that the more humans “gobble up,” the closer the planet is to bankruptcy.
|More Sick Sea Lion Pups Found on Pacific Beaches|
Marine scientists say 2015 could be the worst year on record for California’s iconic sea lion, the seemingly friendly marine mammal facing an uncharacteristic winter die-off that has animal lovers, beachgoers and environmentalists traumatized.
|Environmental Groups Press Mexican Gov't for More Protection for Sea Turtles|
The Mexican government should immediately impose regulations on the fishing industry in Baja California Sur to avoid penalties over the deaths of loggerhead sea turtles and take measures to protect the endangered species, two environmental groups said.
|Emaciated Sea Lion Pups Increasing in Numbers|
Researchers are puzzled why hundreds of frail and starving sea lion pups continue to be washed ashore in California beaches.
|150 Sea Turtles Found Dead in Mexico Lagoon|
Cold temperatures are suspected of killing some 150 sea turtles found in a lagoon of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.
|Mexico Wants to Ban Nets, Save Endangered Porpoise|
The Associated Press
Mexican authorities are proposing a $37 million plan to ban gillnet fishing in most of the upper Sea of Cortez to save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.
|Child Admits Killing Gulf of Mexico Dolphin with Arrow|
A child in Florida has confessed to killing a wild dolphin with a bow and arrow, according to federal investigators.
|Mexico's 'Wildlife Without Borders' Program|
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
The Wildlife Without Borders - Mexico is working to train over 300 tour operators from Jalisco, Nayarit and Oaxaca on humane and responsible practices when taking care of sea animals like humpback whales and their calves.
|Mexico's Vaquitas Could Be Extinct in Four Years|
New research conducted by an international panel of scientists has revealed that Vaquitas, rare porpoises that live off the coast of Mexico, could go extinct in four years without stepped-up enforcement measures.
|Last Chance to Help Save Mexico's Vaquita Porpoise|
Fewer than 100 of the marine mammals survive, and the Mexican government is expected to announce a last-ditch effort to rescue the vaquita.
|Endangered Hammerheads Swim from Protection|
Nature World News
In Mexico in the eighties, the sea of Cortes was one of the best places to see these beautiful and majestic animals but at present it's hard to see even a few.
|NGOs Petition Mexican President to Save the Vaquita in Advance of Major Decision|
Natural Resources Defense Council
Identify problem - vaquita going extinct; identify cause - gillnets; identify solution - ban gillnets. Sounds easy, right? Maybe on paper, but the reality is something quite different.
|There Are 2,584 Endangered Species in Mexico|
The Yucatan Times
Mexico is a country rich in wildlife and makes up about 10 percent of the species living in the world; at least half of these are endemic. Unfortunately many of these species are endangered or at risk.
|Vaquitas in Mexico Could Go Extinct This Month|
With fewer than 25 breeding females estimated to be left and the totoaba fishing season about to get underway this month could determine the future of the world’s smallest porpoise.
|Saving the World's Most Endangered Sea Mammal|
Humans have driven to extinction four marine mammal species in modern times: Steller´s sea cow in 1768, the Caribbean monk seal in 1952, the Japanese sea lion in 1970, and the Chinese river dolphin in 2006. As you read this, we are on the brink of losing the fifth.
|Tourist Videos Police Throwing Turtle Eggs Into the Sea in Manzanillo|
Mexico News Daily
It’s turtle season on many Mexican beaches, which brings thousands of sea turtles ashore to lay their eggs — and numerous thieves to steal them. But it’s not often you see someone tossing them away.
|Three Arrested in Oaxaca After Search Reveals 10,000 Stolen Turtle Eggs|
Mexico News Daily
The three were detained after state authorities and inspectors from the federal environmental agency Profepa conducted a search on a bus in southeastern Oaxaca. The search was part of an ongoing operation to stop trafficking in marine wildlife.
|Are Jellyfish Going to Take Over the World? Scientists Have an App for That|
Scientists are turning to the smartphone-carrying masses to gather data on the mysterious sea creature.
|Warning: This Movie Will Make You Want to Do Something to Save the Oceans|
Mission Blue tells the story of world-renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe on an urgent mission to shed light on the dire condition of Earth's oceans.
|Fascinating Things About Loggerhead Sea Turtles|
A popular video making the rounds shows a time lapse view of loggerhead sea turtles hatching in the Florida Keys. It's such an amazing sight to see these tiny sea creatures emerge and head toward the water.
|Vaquita, the Mexican Porpoise, Nears Extinction|
An international team of scientists says that the critically endangered vaquita, a species of porpoise found only in Mexico’s Gulf of California, is fast approaching extinction and that all gillnet fishing in the animal’s range must be banned.
|GoPro Video: Diver Saves Sea Turtle Tangled in Rope|
Divers off the coast of Mexico save a sea turtle tangled in rope. Just when you think the turtle will swim away, he comes back to thank the diver for his help.
|Mexican Scientists Use Satellite Tracking Devices to Monitor Sea Turtles|
Mexican scientists in Sinaloa released three loggerhead sea turtles in whose shells satellite tracking devices had been installed for the purpose of monitoring their migratory routes.
|International Sea Turtle Society Calls on Mexico to Stop Endangered Sea Turtle Bycatch|
The International Sea Turtle Society passed a strongly worded resolution urging Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto to stop the high rates of bycatch of endangered North Pacific loggerhead turtles in commercial fisheries operating in Baja California Sur.
|UNODC 'Wildlife Crime: Don't Be Part of It!'|
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Each year, while countless species are driven closer to extinction, criminals generate billions of dollars from the sale of protected wildlife products. We're asking YOU to speak out against wildlife crime.
|Great News for Trees - Google Is Everywhere|
In an attempt to curtail illegal logging, Google has partnered with several environmental organizations to create Global Forest Watch, an interactive online tool that sends out alerts when something’s suspect in the leafier parts of the world.
|Sea Turtles' Habitat Deserves Greater Protection|
Although the Kemp's Ridley population revived from near-extinction 25 years ago, it seems to be losing ground. Will we allow this to happen, or will we step up to enforce existing laws and put in place new ones where they are needed?
|US Calling for Halt to Endangered Sea Turtle Deaths in Baja Mexico Fishery|
US House members have urged Obama officials to pressure Mexico to immediately end the needless drownings of Pacific loggerhead sea turtles in a Baja California fishery - a global hot spot for turtle bycatch.
|Endangered Turtle Hatchlings Race to Sea in Oaxaca|
An incredible full moon was the first sight to greet the thousands upon thousands of endangered Olive Ridley turtles that hatched on a Pacific beach in the Mexican province of Oaxaca.
|Searching for Nesting Sea Turtles on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula|
SEE Turtles is working to protect endangered sea turtles by growing the market for conservation travel to support small conservation programs around the world.
|Mexico to Play Bigger Role in Protecting Sea Turtles|
Mexico has been elected to preside over the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles, or IAC, for the 2013-2015 period.
|Sea Turtle Documentary Highlights Conservation|
Mother Nature Network
In the epic and eternal battle between sea turtles and fishermen, can both survive? The answer can be yes, according to the new documentary, "Viva la Tortuga!" by students from Pace University.
|Jaguars, Ranchers, Loggers and Bureaucrats|
In Mexico and the US-Mexico border states where Panthera onca still roams, serious threats to the creature’s survival derive from poaching, deforestation, climate change, and human encroachment on natural habitat.
|International Experts Warn Mexico of High Sea Turtle Mortality Rates|
International experts have warned President Enrique Pena Nieto that Mexico is experiencing high mortality rates among sea turtles off the coast of the northwestern state of Baja California Sur.
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