Assemblymember Gloria Comments on Mexico’s Gillnet Fishing Ban to Help Protect Vaquita

Friday, June 30, 2017

Author of California’s Vaquita Protection Act Praises Action by Mexican Government, Continues Push to Pass AB 1151

SAN DIEGO, CA – Following the enactment of a gillnet fishing ban in the Gulf of California by the Mexican government, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) issued this statement:

"The announcement of a gillnet ban in the Gulf of California by the Mexican government is a concrete step in the right direction and gives us some needed hope for the future of the vaquita,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “The stakes for the vaquita remain incredibly high, and California still needs to do its part to help save the vaquita from extinction. This is why AB 1151 – the Vaquita Protection Act – is necessary legislation as it will promote safe fishing practices off our coasts and support Mexican enforcement efforts by ensuring California does not serve as a market for illegally caught fish from gillnets. I look forward to continuing our progress to pass AB 1151 in the weeks ahead.”

Assemblymember Gloria is the author of AB 1151 – the Vaquita Protection Act. AB 1151 takes steps in California to protect the vaquita porpoise from extinction by eliminating a market for fish products caught with vaquita-harming gillnets and supporting Mexican conservation efforts. Further, AB 1151 would require the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop enforcement regulations related to these provisions. 

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