Tiny Porpoise, Big Mess: Perspectives on Vaquita Conservation
Lecture date: April 18, 2017. What happens when the conservation of a charismatic animal has negative impacts on human well-being? Researcher Tara Sayuri Whitty discusses this dilemma through the lens of the vaquita, the most endangered marine mammal in the world, and the gillnet ban established by the Mexican government to protect it.
Whitty is a National Science Foundation Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability Fellow and Conservation Assessment Scholar at the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where she is in the Gulf of California Marine Program. She is also the founder of the Small-scale & Artisanal Fisheries Research Network.