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Jennifer Fields
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Association of Zoos and Aquariums

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Michel Buchel
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Julie Becker
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Chief executive,
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Maria Zolotonosa
Project Manager,

Ian Taylor

Ufi Ibrahim
Chief Executive,
British Hospitality Association

John Goodbody
Sports Journalist

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Louise Routh
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David Grevemberg
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

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Peter Moody
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Gerald Eve

Andrew Wade
Lawrence Graham LLP

Tim Lewthwaite
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Jean-Baptiste Desbois
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Business in Sport and Leisure

David Stalker

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Neil Richmond
Neil Richmond & Co.

Suki Kalirai
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Lisa Starr
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Nick King
Sports Think Tank

Duncan Wood-Allum
Sport, Leisure and Culture Consultancy

Maya Halevy
Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem

Chris Trickey
Chief Executive,

Malcolm Roughead
Chief Executive,

Edwina Hart
Minister for Business,
Welsh Assembly Government

Matt Partridge
Executive board member,

Tom Pinnington
Associate director,
Capita Symonds

Jane Scrivner
Managing Director,
Jane Scrivner

Jean-Guy de Gabriac
Founder/ CEO,
Tip Touch Academie

Sheena Laursen
Director of international Affairs,

Kerry Mabbley
Customer Relationship Manager,

Stephen Studd

Dee Smith
Head of Programmes,

Anni Hood
Kis Lifestyle Group

Linda Cendes
Program Assistant, Comms,

Hannah Carmichael
Membership Services Manager,

Antonio Gomes Da Costa
Co-ordinator of PLACES,

Anna Bjurstam
Raison d'Etre

Marisa Dimitriadis
Managing Director,
The Spa Consultants

Dieter Buchner
Founding Partner,
Urban Healing

Chris Marriott
Capita Symonds

Hans Gubbels
Continium Discovery Center, NL

Adrian Mahon

Aquariums and zoos fight to save critically endangered vaquita

01 Sep 2016
by Jennifer Fields, Communications Coordinator, Association of Zoos and Aquariums
AZA-accredited facilities encouraged individuals to sign a letter requesting Mexican government officials permanently ban the use of gillnets in the Gulf of California

With approximately 60 individuals left in the upper Gulf of California, the vaquita is one of 10 signature species included in AZA’s Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) programme. The AZA community is focusing expertise and resources on projects to ensure this critically endangered small porpoise species is not lost forever.

Since 2010, a number of AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos have taken part in field conservation projects benefitting vaquitas. In 2015, AZA SAFE facilitated a meeting with key individuals from US and Mexican governments to review vaquita conservation needs and identify conservation projects that are now included in the SAFE Vaquita Conservation Action Plan (CAP).

On International Vaquita Day in July, AZA-accredited facilities encouraged individuals to sign a letter requesting Mexican government officials permanently ban the use of gillnets and increase enforcement efforts in the Gulf of California. Issues impacting vaquitas were then discussed between US President Barack Obama and President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico on 22 July.

People from all over the world have called for action, and their voices have been heard. Both presidents committed to a stronger bilateral cooperation for vaquita conservation, which includes Mexico permanently banning gillnets throughout the vaquitas’ range, increasing enforcement efforts to halt illegal fishing and strengthening efforts to develop vaquita-safe fishing gear.
Great strides have been taken but we still have more work to do. Learn more at www.aza.org/aza-safe.

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