December 2017 Update:
As 2017 comes to a close, the vaquita continues to fight for its survival. Hampered by difficulties in enforcing the laws to protect the porpoise; continued hazards from the fishing industry; and a captive breeding program stalled by safety concerns, the fate of the animal remains uncertain.For more teacher and classroom resources, see the EDUCATE area of this website. Or subscribe to the Oceanscape Network’s free email newsletter by clicking here.
The Oceanscape Network concludes The Year of the Vaquita with final part of our curriculum (grades 9-12), classroom resources and the launch of our video news magazine, OCEANSCAPE EXPLORER.
Additional resources for primary and intermediary grades can be found on the WhaleTimes website.
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Oceanscape Explorer Video Newsmagazine:
The Oceanscape Explorer was produced and hosted by our teen correspondents and designed to tackle exploration and conservation topics in greater detail. This premiere episode connects to the Year of the Vaquita by looking at how non-sustainable fishing practices helped lead to the porpoise’s decline — and offers ways we can support ocean conservation and sustainability. You can view the video below or go to the Oceanscape Explorer page to learn more about this distance learning program.
Oceanscape Explorer, Volume 1: The premiere episode of the Oceanscape Network's video newsmagazine addresses the plight of the vaquita and compares its situation to an Oregon species while offering advice on how to help both. The video is hosted by Youth Correspondents Russell Stone, Josh Heisler and Jeremy Schaffer.