Upcoming event: Mexico's failure to protect the vaquita porpoise: the USMCA's first environmental test

April 26, 12–1pm EDT

Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwscOuqpjMuGt3ZnCU5LzOrjsK_bxRn6eF5 

The vaquita, the world’s smallest porpoise, is on the verge of extinction. Scientists estimate there are fewer than 10 left in the world. In February, the United States requested consultations under the USMCA trade agreement's environment chapter related to the vaquita, the prevention of illegal fishing in Mexico, and the related trafficking of totoaba fish. Then on April 11, a key USMCA environmental body recommended a formal investigation into Mexico’s failure to comply with its fishing and wildlife trade laws. 

Hear from experts about the critically endangered vaquita, the threats to its survival and habitat, including from illegal activity, and the USMCA trade agreement process to save the vaquita and hold Mexico accountable for its environmental commitments.


  • Sarah Uhlemann, International Program Director and Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity
  • DJ Schubert, Wildlife Biologist, Animal Welfare Institute
  • Gavin Fridell, Canada Research Chair and Professor in International Development Studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

Moderated by Kerrie Blaise, Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association, and Stuart Trew, Director, CCPA Trade and Investment Research Project

This event is co-sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), Canadian Environmental Law Association, and the International Development Studies program at Saint Mary's University.