Monday, November 25, 2013

Awareness of a Whale Shark's Value to the Sea, Not as Oil

Whale Shark. Photo by Brian Skerry
Whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea breed in the waters near Karachi, Pakistan. But their sustainability is endangered by hunting for meat and oil. Several have also entangled in fishing lines.

Consequently," World Wildlife Fund-Pakistan has launched an effort to raise awareness to protect this rare species. Director of WWF-Pakistan, Rab Nawaz, has said the program has already started to take effect, citing the four-hour long effort made by one fisherman to release a whale shark that had been trapped in his net," Oceans Society reports.

The nonprofit has also started training of fishermen for handling and releasing entrapped turtles and dolphins.

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