Acrylic & ink on canvas, 36x48
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Upon learning about the current plight of the smallest porpoise on earth and it's possible extinction I felt I needed to shine some light on it.
The Vaquita is the most critically endangered porpoise species.
The single most serious threat to the vaquita porpoises are gill nets. A gill net is a wall of netting that hangs in the water column. The mesh is designed so that fish can get their heads through, but not the rest of their bodies. As they struggle to free themselves, they get entangled with their gills. Most animals drown, and those that escape often do so with severe injuries.
How many Vaquitas are left in the world in 2020? The latest report by the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA) estimates that only between 6 and 22 individuals remained alive in 2018. It is possible, though, that there are no more than 10 vaquitas left.
The vaquita is the smallest porpoise, getting to about 5ft in length at maturity, and the smallest cetacean. It lives only in the Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez). The use of gill nets in the vaquita habitat is currently banned throughout the vaquita’s range. However, illegal fishing continues.
Since I live in North Carolina, it is worth noting that while only a few states still allow gill netting (with heavy restrictions), North Carolina is the last that uses gill nets in such a widespread commercial capacity. North Carolina has the highest commercial harvest of any other state in the USA for Red Drum, Speckled Trout, and Southern Flounder.
If you are interested in making a difference, Just so you know, more than 300,000 porpoises, whales and dolphins drown as by-catch every year. But that is
avoidable, and your choice as a consumer can help prevent accidental entanglement.
Whenever you shop for seafood, make sure you always choose sustainably caught fish and
shellfish. Never buy unlabelled seafood products. Look for the symbols of sustainable
seafood programs like MSC (worldwide), Seafood Watch (United States) or Ocean Wise and SeaChoice (Canada) and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
To find out more click HERE
To Adopt click HERE
To see my adopted Vaquita Certificate click HERE
Species Profile Card click HERE
In this piece and the rest of her current body of work, centering acts of repetition and patterning manifest through meticulous and purposefully drawn, symbols mixed with binary code (ones and zeroes) clustered, recurring, and tightly organized. These represent noise and chaos. Part of that noise is human impact on the world, and the other is how present-day tech consumption filters life experience with the actual world and alters reality.
Putting the chaos and noise into some sense of organization is satisfying, and centering. Perhaps her nostalgia for how life was before technology and such noticeable human impact came into play, is part of the reason she is so sensitive to its current effects.
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