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Gulfarium Provides Financial Support for Endangered Porpoises

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Without action, the world’s smallest porpoise, the vaquita, is facing imminent extinction. Fewer than 30 remain on the planet. An emergency action plan has been developed by the Consortium for Vaquita Conservation, Protection and Rescue.

 

Representatives from Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park were briefed in late February of the plans to help save this marine mammal species from extinction. Since then, the Gulfarium has donated $5,000 to the Vaquita CPR project, and provided critical expertise to the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums’ (AMMPA) campaign efforts to help spread awareness and assist in raising emergency funds.

 

The Gulfarium is accredited through the AMMPA, an international organization dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals. A majority of the AMMPA’s cetacean leaders are within the United States, and these leading organizations are taking bold action to help save this marine mammal species.

 

Funds raised for this project will be utilized to rescue the remaining vaquita from their dangerous environment and relocate them to a safe haven in the northern Gulf of California. The vaquita are facing extinction due to illegal fishing and use of gillnets.

 

To learn more about this issue please visit www.AMMPA.org/vaquita.

– Meredith Horn
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