whale shark

whale shark

Operation Albacore: Whale Shark Release

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Whale sharks are the largest fish in the ocean, originating on the planet more than 60 million years ago. As a result of global fishing pressures, both from being deliberately targeted for their meat, fins and oil and their death as bycatch in other fisheries, their survival is threatened. In July 2016 their status on ‘The IUCN Red List of Endangered Species’ was even upgraded from ‘vulnerable’ to ‘threatened’ – meaning that their populations have likely halved in the last 75 years. During the Bob Barker​'s most recent patrol of Gabon’s Exclusive Economic Zone, as part of Operation Albacore, the crew assisted in the release of one of the lucky ones that managed to get away. In continuing to document by-catch and survey release methods Operation Albacore remains steadfast in its commitment to assist Gabonese authorities in their exploration of measures to mitigate incidental mortality and serious injury, and where possible aid the successful release of critical species.