January 16th, 2019 6:00 pm
Barbara Taylor, Ph.D.
Research Scientist and Program Leader for Marine Mammal Genetics
Southwest Fisheries Center of NOAA
La Vaquita Marina, a small porpoise endemic to the upper Gulf of California, is on the precipice of extinction. Global scale economic pressure fuels local gill-net fishing that ensnare the vaquita, driving their numbers down to as few as a dozen individuals remaining. This lecture series with experts from Mexico and the United States will explore what lessons we can learn from an intertwined web of science, local and global economics, politics, black markets, and conservation. What can be taken from this dire situation for future conservation? Where does the middle ground exist and how do we get there?
Vaquitas are on the brink of extinction. This opening lecture, by Barbara Taylor who has been researching marine mammals for over thirty years, considers how we got to this dire situation and puts vaquitas in the context of other marine mammal conservation efforts that have succeeded and failed. Though the fight is not over for vaquitas, it is not too early to apply lessons learned to future conservation efforts. Indeed, one of the most important lessons from the vaquita disaster is that conservationists must shift their strategies or risk repeated failures.
In Collaboration with CEDO, Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans celebrating their 40th anniversary
Talks are held at 6:00 PM at the Desert Laboratory, the buildings roughly half-way up Tumamoc Hill. Please reserve a space with Cynthia Anson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-629-9455, due to limited seating. If you need a shuttle ride up the hill, please reserve for this also.