It would take an estimated $60 million to buy out the fishermen who are destroying the vaquitas' habitat - a sum that could be reached through donations and government support. SCB put down an initial donation of $5,000 - a substantial sum for an organization of its kind. Dr. Parsons added:
"A big theme [for the International Marine Conservation Congress] was, to quote Dumbledore ... ‘There comes a time to choose between what is easy and what is right.'"
It's not all over for the species yet. Mexico has taken steps to save the species, establishing a refuge in their its habitat and funneling around $30 million (U.S.) to encourage fishers to use less harmful methods. A team of researchers has recommended banning gillnets in the upper region of the gulf - a measure that is still under discussion.
See this page for more information about the "little cow," as the vaquita is called, and how to save this dwindling species.