Report: Vaquita population continues to decline, faster than expected

A report published recently by the Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA) points towards the decline of vaquita at a much higher rate than previously estimated. A review of acoustic monitoring data gathered between 2011 and 2014 shows an average estimated annual rate of decline of 31%, compared to the 18.5% annual decline estimated for the 2011 to 2013 sampling period. The higher average is the result of a very low number of vaquita detections in 2014.