Learn how demand for totoaba and blue shrimp led to a dire situation for the vaquita porpoise.
On today’s episode, we look into what led to the dire situation faced by the vaquita and the fishing communities in the Upper Gulf of California. Host Ruxandra Guidi and her travel companions learn more about the history of fishing in the area and how demand for high-value seafood such as the totoaba and blue shrimp led to a dire situation for the vaquita porpoise.
In this episode, Guidi speaks to Carlos Tirado, a champion of sustainable fishing in the Upper Gulf. He’s also the leader of an independent regional federation of small-scale fishers.
Later, she heads out on the water with Captain Naya to explore an area where scientists had hoped to study and protect vaquita in captivity.
Listen to The Catch in Spanish here.
About The Catch: Coming up on this season of The Catch, we head to the Upper Gulf of California, to see what a porpoise, a fish whose bladder fetches tens of thousands of dollars on the black market, and the highly desirable—and delicious—colossal shrimp tell us about the complicated world of fishing. This spring, Foreign Policy is partnering with the Walton Family Foundation for season two of The Catch, hosted by Ruxandra Guidi. We'll hear how local fishermen are caught between providing for their families and protecting marine habitats. And how governments, importers, and consumers all have a role in returning balance to the Upper Gulf of California. Follow and listen to The Catch in Spanish and English wherever you get your podcasts. Listen to The Catch in Spanish here. See All Episodes
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