Birch Aquarium, as the outreach arm of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, is committed to protecting and preserving the planet. We have participated in our own conservation initiatives, and highlight many of those spearheaded by Scripps Oceanography. Friday, May 20, is Endangered Species Day and we wanted to share some highlights from our Hall of Fishes and beyond. Check out the gallery above!
Don’t miss the June 13 Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Net Loss: Vaquita Facing Imminent Extinction From Illegal Fishing. Dr. Barbara Taylor, of Southwest Fisheries Science Center, will discuss the plight of Vaquitas and highlight how they are the most endangered marine mammal in the world and are only found in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. Their primary threat is death in gillnets, which until very recently supplied shrimp to the U.S. market. The catastrophic 80% decline since 2011 results from illegal sales of an endangered fish, the totoaba, to markets in China. Don’t miss this exciting and timely talk, RSVP Here.