[MARMAM] VAQUITA book now available worldwide

Brooke Bessesen brooke at brookebessesen.com
Thu Oct 4 16:07:19 PDT 2018

Dear MARMAMers,


Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez (foreword by Carl
Safina) is now available in hardcover, Kindle, and audiobook versions
through Amazon
MX9X5/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534624186&sr=8-1&keywords=vaquita+science> ,
7F1MX9X5/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1531952295&sr=8-2&keywords=vaquita> ,
ce> , AmazonCa <https://www.amazon.ca/> , and all other national Amazon
platforms. Hardcovers are also available direct from the publisher, Island
Press, at 50% off <https://islandpress.org/books/vaquita>  until 10/7.


In 2006, the last of China’s Yangtze river dolphins—baiji—succumbed to
functional extinction, and la vaquita marina, a diminutive porpoise endemic
to the Upper Gulf of California, quietly and without fanfare inherited the
title of world’s most endangered marine mammal. Unlike many critically
endangered species, the vaquita is not hunted. Nor is its habitat
disappearing of degraded. The species is even protected by law. Why then
have its numbers plummeted to near extinction? The answer lies in a shadowy
mix of international cartels, fishermen entrapped by politics and culture,
and an unlikely fish called totoaba. 


In this haunting story, Brooke Bessesen sets out to untangle the intricacies
behind the vaquitas decline. She interviews townspeople, fishermen,
scientists, and activists, teasing apart a complex story filled with
villains and heroes, a story whose outcome is unclear. This beautifully
written account of the forces driving extinctions around the world asks us
to face a hard question: What will we do now?



Passionate...a heartfelt and alarming tale. —Publishers Weekly

Intrepid conservation detective story. —Nature

Compelling. —Library Journal 

A lucid, informed, and gripping account...a must-read. —Science

A well-told and moving tale of environmentalism and conservation. —Kirkus

Wonderful, heartbreaking
 beautifully written. —Nature Conservancy


If you teach biology, ecology, conservation, political science,
environmental law, or a related subject and would like to include this
informative and fast-paced narrative in your coursework, you can request an
exam copy <https://islandpress.org/request-exam-copy> .


¡Viva vaquita!



Brooke Bessesen

Research Fellow

Osa Conservation



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