- Vidal: The vaquita, Mexico's tiny porpoise, is on verge of extinction
- Without protection and crack-down on illegal fishing practices, species will face oblivion
Omar Vidal is CEO of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Mexico. He has worked for more than three decades on conservation of natural resources and sustainable development in Mexico, the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia with the United Nations, universities and NGOs. The opinions expressed here are his.
(CNN)In April of last year, in the remote Mexican fishing town of San Felipe, Baja California, just over 120 miles south of the U.S. border, President Enrique Peña Nieto launched a bold national effort to improve the well-being of fishing communities in the Upper Gulf of California and to save the endangered vaquita (Spanish for "little cow").