About us

We are a US registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity dedicated to saving Mexico’s endemic porpoise la vaquita marina (Phocoena sinus) from extinction.

We partner with Mexican organizations to support adoption of fishing gear that poses no risk to vaquitas, and to search for and eliminate illegal nets from the Vaquita Refuge. We also support research on the status of vaquitas, which is critical to convince authorities that the species remains viable.

Our work has been supported by the US Marine Mammal Commission and the CITES Secretariat.
The following articles about the plight of the vaquita were written or contributed to by CetAct’s Executive Director Kristin Nowell:
Brookings Institution Order From Chaos (July 26 2021): A Porpoise to Serve – Rescuing the vaquita and the US-Mexico relationship
La Reforma Mexico Today (May 7 2021): Restore US-Mexico seafood trade and save the vaquita
ECO magazine UN Ocean Science Decade special digital issue (May 2021): Saving Mexico’s Vaquita Porpoise – Beyond Science to Compliance for Sustainable Ocean Solutions
XR Writers Rebel  (March 18 2021): Watching an Extinction
Mongabay News and Inspiration from Nature’s Frontline (February 21 2021): In the fight to save the vaquita, conservationists take on the cartels

Moonrise over vaquita habitat. Photo Andrew Wegst.