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FALL 2017

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Page 26 of 83 | 27 history in transporting marine mammals, monitoring the health of captive animals and, perhaps most importantly, their expertise in marine mammal breeding. All of these skills could be instrumental in rescuing the few remaining vaquita and rebuilding their population. The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) partnered with SeaWorld in 2015 to help advance research and increase awareness of shark conservation. When they brought the plight of the vaquita to the attention of Guy Harvey, he was eager to get involved. "Unsustainable fishing is arguably the biggest threat to the health of the ocean ecosystem," says GHOF Chairman Guy Harvey. "Not only is it detrimental to the targeted species, but the lack of regulation leads to increased negative impacts on the entire ecosystem." Guy immediately went to work on painting several vaquita designs, the first he has ever done of this species. Of course, in true Guy Harvey fashion, these original works of art were repurposed for T-shirt designs to be sold with the proceeds benefitting the effort to save the vaquita. SeaWorld is thrilled to have the GHOF involved. "The plight of the vaquita porpoise illustrates the devastation the illegal wildlife trade can inflict on a species," says SeaWorld Chief Zoological Officer Dr. Chris Dold. "We are proud to partner with Guy Harvey to help educate people about this crisis and raise money toward a solution." This growing effort to save a dying species has brought together nations, militaries, researchers, conservationists and the general public like few environmental issues before. But the chances of survival remain slim for the last of the vaquita. While the vaquita have a very limited global range, their potential extinction signals a far greater concern that humans may not have the ability to reverse the damage that is being done to our natural resources. Cetaceans are some of the most appreciated and loved species on the planet. If their extinction cannot be prevented, the chances of smaller, less charismatic organisms surviving look bleak, even if these smaller organisms may play an even more crucial role in the global ecosystem. Rising sea temperatures and changing ocean chemistry have reduced phytoplankton populations globally by over 40% since the 1950s. Plankton produce 50% of Earth's oxygen, reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide and serve as the foundation of the ocean food chain, yet they are microscopic and do not pique the general public's interest like marine mammals do. Should the vaquita go extinct, plankton, and the rest of our ocean ecosystem, could be close behind. Right: Totoaba maws openly on sale in Guanzhou, China. Photo courtesy of Environmental Investigation Agency.

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