Press Photos: Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

  • March 22, 2011

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There may be good news for oceanic whitetip sharks this year if governments agree to set them free if caught up in nets and in gear.

Credit: Jim Abernethy

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This year's Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting could be a turning point for whale sharks.

Credit: George Stoyle

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The whale shark caught within the net is frequently harmed or killed, with more than 10 percent trapped and left to die.

Credit: Phil Geib

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More than half the world's tuna comes from the Western and Central Pacific, where fishing nets killed approximately 60 whale sharks in 2009. Massive tuna vessels often deploy purse-seine nets, which can stretch up to a mile wide and 1,000 feet deep.

Credit: Quentin Hanich

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Whale sharks are listed as vulnerable to extinction.

Credit: George Stoyle