Action to protect sharks in the Indian Ocean
The oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) is a pelagic shark and can be found in tropical and warm waters around the world. The oceanic whitetip shark is often accompanied by pilot fish (Naucrates ductor) who feed on the shark's leftovers. WWF lists pelagic sharks as a priority species. Kona Coast, Hawaii, Central Pacific Ocean
Critical conservation measures to protect oceanic whitetip sharks, whale sharks and cetaceans from impacts of tuna fisheries in the Indian Ocean were agreed in May. In Mauritius, at the annual meeting of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), measures requiring oceanic whitetip sharks to be released unharmed and banning the setting of pursed seine nets around whale sharks and cetaceans were adopted. IOTC member states also agreed important measures for the sustainable management of tuna fisheries – all measures welcomed by WWF in the effort to improve the management of Indian Ocean tuna fisheries and reduce impact on vulnerable species such as sharks and cetaceans.