Scientists with a six-month-old vaquita porpoise calf – the first ever caught as part of a bold programme to save the critically endangered species in the Gulf of California. Photo: AFP/Semarnat/HO

Chinese appetite for fish maw drives ‘panda of the sea’ to brink of extinction, and fuels illegal trade from Mexico to China

Wildlife crime group digs deep into illegal trade through Hong Kong and other Asian ports in the maw of the endangered totoaba fish, a trade that has doomed the vaquita, world’s smallest porpoise, to almost inevitable extinction.

Topic |   Hong Kong environmental issues

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Scientists with a six-month-old vaquita porpoise calf – the first ever caught as part of a bold programme to save the critically endangered species in the Gulf of California. Photo: AFP/Semarnat/HO
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