Vaquita: perfectly blocked!

Vaquita concrete block illegal fishing zoo Nuremberg
With this installation, Nuremberg Zoo draws attention to the situation of the vaquitas

Creative approach to species conservation
In 2023, a groundbreaking step was taken in the fight against illegal fishing. The introduction of innovative concrete blocks with steel hooks in the habitat of the endangered vaquitas has effectively captured fishing nets and reduced the lethal impact on the species. This move marks a turning point in the protection of vaquitas, as the numbers of illegal fishing fell by around 90 percent for the first time. For the endangered vaquitas in the Gulf of California, there is hope for the future again.
This innovative method not only protects the vaquitas, but also sets a global example: creative approaches and collaborations can produce effective solutions to complex environmental problems.