Who Are We?
We consist of over 100 elementary, middle, high school, and college students who wish to enrich their lives through value-added activities. The Muskwa Club is composed of 31 chapters located internationally.
What do we Do?
We conduct safe, educational functions such as field trips to local areas of historical or cultural significance, speaking opportunities, endangered species awareness, and community service. Our most important project is our effort to save the vaquita, the world's most endangered marine mammal.
Our over-arching mission is to accomplish good in the world. To do this, we Conserve, Enrich, Innovate, and Include.
SAVE THE VAQUITA!
The Vaquita is the world's most endangered Marine Mammal. It lives in the Gulf of California, in between Baja California and mainland Mexico. This small porpoise won't traverse any farther than this tiny range, which is just the size of Metropolitan Los Angeles. It is also the world's smallest cetacean, measuring up at about five feet on average. The vaquita faces extinction due to accidental gill net entanglement. Today, estimates say that there are just 170 vaquitas left in the world- and we're losing 30-84 a year due to these nets. If we don't do something now, they could be gone forever in just Two Years. That's just 730 days.
What's being done? New nets are under development, similar to the turtle exclusion device, that can allow the vaquitas to escape while still catching the fish that local fishermen need for their livelihood. The problem? These nets are expensive to develop and distribute, as it is not right to make fishermen pay for the upgrade. What can you do? Please watch and "like" our informational video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zj3T724txo4 You can donate to the Vaquita Recovery Fund- please see www.vivavaquita.org for more information. You can also tell everybody you know about the vaquita, write to government officials, and do something to save the vaquita before it's too late!
The Mexican Government has just announced a new Official Norm to remove all gill nets from the vaquita's range within the next three years by replacing them with alternative fishing gear. You can help speed this process! Please donate to the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Cetacean Society- write "vaquita" on the memo line- at P.O. Box 1208, San Pedro, CA 90733-1208.