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Researchers, led by ecologist Sandra Pompa from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, have identified 20 of the most important regions of the worldâ€™s oceans and lakes that are crucial to ensuring the survival of marine mammals such as seals, whales and porpoises.
North America's nearly 2,000 marine protected areas represent an unprecedented effort to protect the continent's fragile marine environments and are found throughout the marine ecoregions that encircle our continent.
Mexicoâ€™s swine flu crisis, coupled with its reeling economy, may end a plan to save the world's most endangered cetacean.
By Dan Vergano Many animals worldwide, from toads to tigers, face extinction, a "terrifying possibility" underlined by the release Monday of a report on mammals.
Biologists say a small stubby-nosed porpoise found only in Mexico's Sea of Cortez is on the verge of extinction, as the number killed in fishing nets each year exceeds the number being born.
An international research team, including biologists from NOAAâ€™s Fisheries Service, reported in the scientific journal Conservation Biology, that the estimated population of vaquita, a porpoise found in the Gulf of California, is likely two years away from reaching such low levels that their rate to extinction will increase and possibly be irreversible. Scientists believe only about 150 vaquita remain.