Tons of Endangered Sea Species Seized in Mexico
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May 21, 2015
In the last three years, Mexico has seized some 18 tons of products and byproducts of Totoaba macdonaldi, an endangered fish, said the Federal Office for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA).
The species is endemic to the Gulf of California or Cortes Sea, as well as the cetacean Phocoena sinus or vaquita, the main destination of which is Asia, said the weekly Contralinea in a large article.
The vaquita, as it is commonly known, measures 1.5 meters long and it is one of the smallest cetacean in the world, mainly jeopardized by the nets used in the fishing of shrimps, sharks or totoaba.
The totoaba measures some two meters long and weighs more than 100 kilograms.
In China, Hong Kong, Japan and Vietnam high prices are paid for its swim bladder, which is believed to have aphrodisiac and healing powers.
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