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EOC 121: Zak Smith Explains How a Boycott of Mexican Shrimp Could Help Save the Vaquita

EOC 121: Zak Smith Explains How a Boycott of Mexican Shrimp Could Help Save the Vaquita

Today’s guest on the show is Zak Smith from the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Zak is a Senior Attorney at NRDC, and has been running the group’s Marine Mammal Protection Project for the past 10 years.  Through this work, he has become deeply involved in efforts to save the vaquita from extinction. If you’re wondering what a vaquita is - it’s a small species of porpoise found in the northern Gulf of California, and is considered to be the world’s most endangered marine mammal with fewer than 30 individuals remaining on the planet.  If you’re a regular listener of the show - you’re likely very familiar with the vaquita issue since we’ve been covering it extensively here on the show for the past two years, and just released a 30-min documentary about the struggle to save it from extinction.  The film, by the way, is called Souls of the Vermilion Sea, and is available for free online streaming if you click here. Zak’s most recent role in the fight to prevent the vaquita’s extinction

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