THREATS

Scuba Diver Australasia - - Conservation -

Vaquita are dis­ap­pear­ing as a re­sult of their be­ing caught and drowned by

gill­nets, as by­catch.

Many of their num­bers have been killed by gill­nets as part of the il­le­gal

fish­ery for a fish called “to­toaba”.

The to­toaba is also a crit­i­cally en­dan­gered fish species, tar­geted for its swim blad­der, which is mis­tak­enly

be­lieved to have ap­pli­ca­tions in Chi­nese medicine; tor­toaba swim blad­ders will sell for as much as USD 8,000 per kilo on the

black mar­ket.

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