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The Vaquita porpoise vs. the fisherman


With just 400 vaquita porpoises left, the "little cow" is one of the world's most endangered sea mammals -- so endangered, in fact, that some environmentalists say the only way to protect the species is to ban fishing in a 1,500-square-mile area of the Gulf of California.

Just one problem: if you ban fishing in that big of an area, how do the local fishermen survive?

The New York Times has the story: Vaquita Porpoise, and a Way of Life, Face Extinction

Further reading: History of the conservation of the vaquita (WWF Mexico)