Leonardo DiCaprio put the porpoise first when he met with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and signed an agreement that would do away with the use of gillnets in the Northern California gulf, The Associated Press reports. Also in attendance was Mexican telecommunications mogul Carlos Slim.
The use of gillnets to catch another type of fish the totoaba, has caused a number of vaquita porpoises to die as a result of being caught in the nets. They are estimated to be down to around two dozen.
The mission of the three men is to save the vaquita porpoise through DiCaprio and Slim’s foundations. They will provide monetary help and attempt to offer other options to replace totoaba fishing.
However, enforcement and regulation are going to serve as the foundation of their plan as things like night fishing have now been banned in the Northern gulf. Authorities will also ramp up their entry and exit policies and exercise more scrutiny in who they let in and out of the gulf.
“This action is a critical step towards ensuring that the Gulf of California continues to be both vibrant and productive,” said DiCaprio.
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