Following the death of an endangered female vaquita marina porpoise captured last week as part of the Vaquita CPR effort (Conservation, Protection, and Recovery), the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) announced the program has been suspended until the vaquita’s cause of death is known and protocols are in place as to how to further the mission to prevent the vaquita’s extinction.
In speaking to the Environment and Natural Resources Commissions, as well as the Climate Change Commission, SEMARNAT Secretary Rafael Pacchiano Alamán explained, over three weeks of the project they were able to capture two vaquita marina in the Upper Gulf of California, the first (approximately 6 months old) which was released immediately, and the second (a female in reproductive age) that died.
The suspension also comes after calls from the Animal Welfare Institute to cease the Vaquita CPR program, following the death of the second vaquita during rescue operations, calling the loss “catastrophic for the future of the species.”
Pacchiano Alamán reported the Vaquita CPR program, made up of 67 scientists and sea mammal experts, as well as the Comprehensive Strategy for Recovery of the Vaquita Marina and Totoaba in the Upper Gulf of California, has been one of the most ambitious programs of the present federal administration in seeking to end two of the principal causes of death of the vaquita marina.
Lorenzo Rojas, lead scientist of the Vaquita CPR program, described what may have been the last close contact between humans and the most endangered porpoise in the world, of which it is believe there remain only 30. He doubts enough vaquita marina will survive next year to even attempt capture and rescue, as with so few vaquitas remaining they cannot be put at risk.
“These small porpoises do not respond well to the stress of capture, and no other vaquita should be put into deliberate danger,” indicated the Animal Welfare Institute, which specializes in the protection of animals. Article by: Jose Antonio Perez
Gasoline and diesel fuel prices now vary widely between the 83 interior regions and 7 border regions. Fuel prices will generally be cheaper in the border areas, similar in price to the US border towns. As of September 26, 2017 the current fuel price for a liter of regular (Magna) in Rocky Point/Puerto Penasco is $16.54 pesos a liter. At an exchange rate of 17 pesos to the dollar, it comes out to about $3.67 usd a gallon. Diesel is even more expensive a liter, $17.68 which is $4.78 usd a gallon. Mexico’s federal government is informing the country that fuel prices are expected to drop in 2018 as more independent gas stations take over the Pemex stations and open oil exploration by outside companies is encouraged.
Click here for a very cool website run by Mexican journalist/news organization Aristegui Noticias. It is a Google Map with local fuel prices for most populated cities throughout all the Mexican states, including Rocky Point. Traveling to Guadalarja, Cabo San Lucas or Ensenada? Click on the map marker on the map and will give you the fuel prices for that city…Not sure how long this site will continue to be updated but for now, it is a handy tool.
In January of 2017, Mexico began using the 911 call system for emergencies throughout Mexico. The old system of calling 066 was replaced by 911 in order to reduce response times through effective, prompt and coordinated handling of emergency through all 3 levels of government. The system is run through some 200 call centers throughout the country. And, yes, we use the 911 number here in Rocky Point and it may be called through any phone.
In the first half of this year, just 11.1% of the 61.63 million calls received by the call centers were for genuine emergencies, 70% of those security-related. Calls are classified in four categories — security, medical, civil protection and public services.
Of the 54.8 million calls deemed improper, 18% of callers hung up and a small percentage – 3.4 – were reported to be false alarms. (source: Reforma, SIPSE)
Here’s hoping that the number of false emergencies called in will be reduced in the upcoming months!
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