The Business of Extinction

The Vaquita is a small whale living in the gulf of Mexico. It is critically endangered, no more than 10 animals are left.

The radical hunt for Totoaba, a fish worth a lot of money on the Chinese market, further eradicates the remaining Vaquitas because they too get caught in the nets of the fishermen.

Mexico banned fishing in this particular area, but now the mafia steps in and a bitter fight between Sea Shepherd, the Mexican authorities and illegal fishermen erupts.

Director(s): Alfredo Alcántara, Craig Waxman
Script: Alfredo Alcántara, Erica Fink
Production: Jason Farkas, Erica Fink
Actors: Fernando Del Rincon, Ramón Samudio, Florentino Cordero, Alberto Díaz, Adolfo Murillo, Poncho Rubio, Oona Layolle, Sunshine Rodríguez, Luis Rivas
Year: 2017
Duration: 24 min
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): English, Spanish
Language (subtitles): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: Mexico
Screening rights: CNN Films ()
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Main topic(s): Oceans
Secondary topics: money courage politics overfishing wildlife activism
Mentions: fishing poaching illegal Sea Shepherd extinction blackmarket mafia military poverty greed
Topic Page(s): Oceans

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