Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Government of Mexico and USA. Ambassador and NGO to update on partnership to protect the Vaquita Porpoise. Ambassador Esteban Moctezuma, Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Pritam Singh, Chairman of the Board and CEO of SSCS Octavio Carranza, Director of Ship Operations, SSCS Andrea Bonilla, Chief Scientist, SSCS Captain Carlos Ruiz, Director of Fisheries Inspections and Vigilance, SEMAR
In the two years since the 2021 Vaquita survey, the collaboration between Sea Shepherd and the Mexican Government has resulted in a 79% reduction in the illegal fishing activity that has brought the Vaquita to the edge of extinction. To build on that success, Sea Shepherd introduced the M/V Seahorse in January of 2023, the first ship chosen and re-fit specifically for the demands of the campaign, and the Mexican Navy implemented a program with concrete blocks to prevent illegal fishing nets.