Vaquita or Die!

I was commissioned by Audubon magazine last year to document the Corvina and shrimp fishermen of El Golfo de Santa Clara, Sonora, Mexico.  We went in search of the people that fish amongst the elusive Vaquita, better known as the next cetacean heading for extinction since the loss of the China’s Yangze River Dolphin in 2007.  In short, very few of the fishermen we met and spoke with had ever seen a Vaquita in their lives, yet environmental leaders helped the government pass buyback programs which permanently confiscated fishing permits and presented other incentives to reduce fishing, including swapping out nets for money in order to protect the inevitable extinction of the Vaquita.  Published in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Audubon Magazine, this is the story of the fishermen of El Golfo de Santa Clara vs. the ghost dolphin with the eternal smile. Please enjoy the attached outtakes from our journey.

photo: Corey Arnold

photo: Corey Arnold

"La Rata" photo: Corey Arnold

Cowboy in El Golfo de Santa Clara, Mexico photo: Corey Arnold

My translator, Tessa, with assault weapon and the Mexican Navy, photo: Corey Arnold

photo: Corey Arnold

Corvina Fishermen in the Gulf of California, photo: Corey Arnold

Gillnetting for Corvina photo: Corey Arnold

photo: Corey Arnold

photos: Corey Arnol

photo: Corey Arnold

self portrait with donkey photo: Corey Arnold

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