The government of Mexico’s has recently launched three drones to support the efforts of illegal fishing activities which have resulted in the near extinction of the vaquita marina, which is the world’s smallest porpoise.
The navy along with the ministry of environment unveiled the unmanned aerial vehicle the Arcturus T-20, on Thursday. It was equipped with high-resolution cameras to keep watch over the upper Gulf of California day and night.
It is the most recent step taken by the government to save the vaquita, a type of species which is found only in small regions of Mexico’s northwest Gulf.
“There is a lot left to be done and time is a decisive factor,” Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberon, the navy’s chief, said. “We can’t allow our seas to see another species disappear.”
President Enrique Pena Nie to arranged navy ships in April 2020 to implement a two-year prohibition on gill nets as well as amplify the vaquita protection area tenfold to 13,000 square kilometers .
But a census which came up last May alarmed that there were only 60 of the sea creatures left, ranging down from fewer than 100 in 2014 and 200 in 2012. Scientists fear the porpoise could disappear by 2022.
The vaquita’s fate has been connected to a critically rare fish, the totoaba, which is unlawfully caught for swim bladders that are dried as well as sold on the black market in China.
The vaquita, is a 1.5-meter-long shy cetacean, a type of marine mammal which includes dark rings around the eyes, is supposed to be the sufferer of bycatch in illegal totoaba gillnets.
The authorities proclaimed previous week that the prohibition on gill nets for shrimp fishing in the vaquita habitat will be made permanent from September.
Scientist’s terror that the porpoise could disappear by 2022. It can only be established in small regions of Mexico’s northwest Gulf.