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UA lectures to focus on endangered vaquita porpoises

UA's free Science Tumamoc Hill lectures will focus on the world's smallest porpoise, Mexico's vaquita, which has been pushed to the brink of extinction by illegal gill net fishing.... Read more»

Vaquitas Last Stand: Lax enforcement to save dying porpoise species stirs environmentalists to act

Activists from around the world are working to save the endangered vaquita, or "sea panda," from a fate tied to the Chinese black market. ... Read more»

Vaquitas Last Stand: Fisherman struggle to maintain livelihood and porpoise population

Fishing has been the lifeblood of this 5,000-family village for a century but gillnets were banned here four years ago to protect the vaquita marina. With fewer of 30 of the little porpoises left. ... Read more»

Vaquitas Last Stand: Saving a porpoise by protecting a fish

Chinese demand for illegally hunted totoaba in the Sea of Cortez has snared vaquitas — an endangered species of porpoise — in gillnets, driving their numbers down to 30 in the wild, if not lower. ... Read more»

Down in the mud: Arizona researchers probe seabed for clues about monsoons

A University of Arizona researcher is digging through mud in the Sea of Cortez to predict the monsoons in Tucson's future.... Read more»

Rocky Point's new cruise port 'most important' project in city

Mexico plans to spend roughly $100 million building its first cruise ship home port in Puerto Peñasco. “It is the most important project the city has ever had,” said Miguel Guevara, director of promotion and international affairs for the city. ... Read more»4

Restoration ideas flow from Southwest river experts

Scientists from across the western U.S. and northern Mexico spend three days in Tucson exchanging ideas for protecting some of the two nations' most endangered rivers.... Read more»