Leonardo DiCaprio hails Mexican ban on type of fishing net killing porpoises

  In 2016 when he had won the Oscar award, his speech was carefully constructed and artfully delivered, and – unlike many other nominees – was not cut short by the Academy’s music, which signals to the recipient that it is time to leave the stage. Gillnets, which use mesh sizes designed to allow fish to get only their head through the netting but not their body, are blamed for trapping the vaquita porpoises and killing them. “A world that we collectively felt in 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity; and for the indigenous people of the world; for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this; for our children’s children; and for all the people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work together and stop procrastinating. DiCaprio’s foundation estimated in early June there are now fewer than 30 vaquitas left in the wild. The snub-nosed vaquita porpoise has all but died out due to gillnet fishing for shrimp and totoaba, a delicacy in Asia. The Oscar-winning actor had always been environmentally concious. Mexico three weeks ago unveiled a plan with DiCaprio to protect the diminutive marine mammal. “Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship with the natural world,” DiCaprio said. REUTERS

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Published:July 2, 2017 10:09 pm

FILE PHOTO:  Mexico three weeks ago unveiled a plan with DiCaprio to protect the diminutive marine mammal. Pena Nieto retweeted DiCaprio’s remarks. Our production team needed to go to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow; climate change is real, and it’s happening right now. On his Twitter account, the American actor hailed as “great news” the announcement that a previous temporary ban on the nets had been made permanent, offering his thanks to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and the World Wildlife Fund. In its official gazette, the Mexican government said it had issued a permanent ban on fishing with gillnets in the northern Gulf of California, where the few remaining vaquitas live. Let us not take this planet for granted; I do not take tonight for granted.”
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