Collection of shark fishery data stressed

STAFF REPORT ISB: Stakeholders at a recently held three-day workshop emphasised the need for collecting data regarding shark fishery in Pakistan.

The event was organized by WWF-Pakistan in collaboration with Ministry of Climate Change in Islamabad.

The speakers also said that the National Plan of Action (NPOA) provides a viable mechanism for conservation of sharks in the country. They also proposed that three ecologically significant and endangered Chondrichthyian species

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Fishermen release three captured shark whales

STAFF REPORT KHI: Fishermen along the Karachi coast have the released three whale sharks they captured in the offshore waters of Pakistan.
"These fishermen were trained by the WWF-Pakistan for the release of the shark wales," said World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) Pakistan’s Communications Officer, Asif Ali Sandeelo while confirming the news.
An 18-ft large whale shark had got entangled in the tuna gillnets about 73 km southeast of Karachi in the sea waters. In

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Speakers call for shark whales protection

STAFF REPORT KHI: Whale shark, a highly docile marine species enjoying a protected status in many countries, is mercilessly killed in Pakistan, often after becoming entangled in long fishing nets that are in extensive use in the country despite international restrictions, a seminar has recently been held to mark International Day of Whale Sharks.

It was said that over the past five years, there had been at least 27 reported killings of whale sharks along the country’s coast. The

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Rare shark specimen preserved at PMNH for research

STAFF REPORT IBD: UNESCO with its partner Pakistan Science Foundation has recently inaugurated one of the largest found whale shark specimens at the Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH).

The specimen, believed to be unique due to its size in the world, is 40-foot large, weighs 16 tons and is the biggest specimen of fish ever recorded in the history.

According to details, this specimen of Whale Shark (rhincodontypus) was seen alive but motionless on February 6, 2012 in the Gora

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Preservation of rare whale shark to cost $5 million

STAFF REPORT IBD: The whale shark, found dead in the Arabian Sea and later landed at the Pakistan Museum of National History (PMNH) Islamabad from Karachi, will be preserved and made part of its priceless collection."The preservation of the fish would take about six months involving around $5 million," Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Dr Manzoor Hussain Soomro told this scribe. He said that the 42-foot long whale is chemically processed before it was taken to Islamabad. The

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