Pakistan initiative looks to protect whale sharks that get caught in local fishing nets.
Whale shark.

Fishermen in Pakistan are being trained to rescue whale sharks caught in fishing nets as part of a pilot project by the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-P). Commercial fishing for whale sharks stopped in the 1970s after the fish were listed as vulnerable by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) but whale sharks continued to be killed by tuna fishermen after becoming tangled in fishing nets. WWF-P is now training fishermen to release the sharks from nets, and 16 sharks have been safely returned to the sea since the scheme was launched in 2012. Read more: 

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