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


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

Credit: George Stoyle


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


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


Whale sharks are listed as vulnerable to extinction.

Credit: George Stoyle