The moratorium spans over 5,000 square miles of the upper gulf, according to The New York Times. Mexico will also be doling out $72 million in subsidies to compensate fishermen for their lost catch. The country hopes to develop improved vaquita-safe nets to allow fishing to continue without harming the vaquita.
"I really think that this is the last chance, and we had better get our act together," Omar Vidal, director of World Wildlife Fund Mexico, told The New York Times. "I think the government is very serious."