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  • Mexico commits to critical measures to save the vaquita

    June 08, 2017

    A new agreement gives hope for the critically endangered vaquita. The agreement includes a permanent ban on gillnets in vaquita habitat, as well as the development of new fishing gear and techniques to allow local communities to resume legal, sustainable fishing activities.

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  • Without global action, the world’s smallest porpoise could go extinct by 2018

    May 15, 2017

    With an estimated 30 or fewer remaining individuals, the vaquita are the focus of WWF’s new report calling for immediate, collective action to save the species from extinction. Prepared for WWF by Dalberg, Vanishing vaquita: saving the world’s most endangered marine mammal comes just before the two-year ban is due to expire at the end of May. 

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  • The vaquita: 5 Facts about the most endangered marine mammal

    May 09, 2017

    Learn more about this little porpoise, and what you can do to help save the vaquita. 

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  • Vaquita population drops to 30 individuals

    February 03, 2017

    According to a new report, the world’s most rare marine mammal is growing closer to extinction with a population drop of 50% in the last year alone.  

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  • Can LED lights save sea turtles?

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles are accidentally killed by fishing gear—caught on dangling hooks or entangled in nets—every year.
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  • New US regulations offer better protection from bycatch

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    Claiming more than 600,000 marine mammals each year, bycatch especially affects small cetaceans that get caught and drown in fishing nets.
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  • An uncertain future for our living blue planet

    September 15, 2015

    WWF’s Living Blue Planet Report on the health of the ocean finds that the marine vertebrate population has declined by 49 percent between 1970 and 2012. The report tracks 5,829 populations of 1,234 mammal, bird, reptile, and fish species through a marine living planet index. The evidence, analyzed by researchers at the Zoological Society of London, paints a troubling picture. 

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  • Giant Sunfish Released from Fishers' Net

    January 14, 2015

    A tuna fishing vessel operating in the offshore waters of Pakistan safely released a giant sunfish that was entangled in its fishing net. After a struggle of about 20 minutes, the fishermen successfully freed this nearly six-foot-long sunfish weighing nearly 1,000 pounds.

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  • Protecting Albatross from Fishing Lines

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2014
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  • Irrawaddy Dolphins: The Smiling Faces of the Mekong

    April 17, 2014

    Irrawaddy dolphins are an unusual species with small populations found in Southeast Asia. WWF works with local communities to develop fishery management zones to help sustain the fish population and conserve the species.

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  • Shark Facts vs. Shark Myths

    Get shark facts and help WWF dispel myths about sharks during Shark Week and beyond. How many of these have you heard?

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  • Helping the World's Smallest Porpoise

    June 12, 2013

    On June 6, the Mexican government announced they would begin phasing out drift gillnets and substituting with more selective and vaquita-friendly fishing gear.

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  • A Brighter Light on Bycatch

    April 02, 2013

    Gillnet fishing, one of the most common forms of fishing in the world, often leads to the accidental capture of non-targeted species. WWF is supporting work to illuminate nets so turtles can avoid swimming into them.

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  • Tracking Turtles By Satellite for Better Conservation

    April 02, 2013

    WWF places satellite tags on marine turtles in many areas around the world. The information collected from the tags helps us to design better management strategies for their conservation, such as creating marine protected areas for important feeding areas or addressing threats to nesting beaches.

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  • Rare Dolphin Offered a Second Chance

    November 15, 2012

    There are fewer than 100 Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River of Southeast Asia, and researchers fear the numbers are shrinking even further. But now the dolphins may have something to smile about. In September local government agencies in Cambodia agreed to work with WWF to conserve dolphins and minimize or eliminate deaths from gillnets.

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