Porpoises: Conservation

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations she or her ministerial colleagues have made to the government of Mexico on steps to protect the vaquita from extinction.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

At my request, the UK Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) raised the critically endangered status of the vaquita at the IWC meeting in September 2014, as well as in bilateral meetings with Mexican officials. The UK commended the efforts and progress made by the Mexican Government in tackling this issue and urged it to continue its important work.

The UK also announced a donation to the IWC Small Cetaceans Fund, which supports research projects, including on the vaquita.

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