CIRVA

CIRVA is an acronym for Comité Internacional para la Recuperación de la Vaquita (International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita). CIRVA is an international team of scientists established by the government of Mexico. CIRVA was tasked with the development of a recovery plan for the vaquita based on the best scientific evidence available.


What is the totoaba and how is it connected to the vaquita?

The totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi) is a large species of fish native to the Gulf of California in Mexico. Like the vaquita, it is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as “critically endangered”. The totoaba is being sought after for its swim bladder, which is considered a delicacy in China. The dried totoaba…


Why are Mexico’s efforts to save the vaquita not effective?

Mexico has tried various things to help the vaquita population recover: it declared a refuge, later stepped up its efforts and banned gill-nets throughout the vaquita’s range, sending its navy and collaborating with NGOs for enforcement. But illegal fishing continues to this day. Totoaba are frequently found discarded in large numbers (only their swim bladders…