Today the IUCN Shark Specialist Group has published their regional assessment of sharks and rays in the Arabian Sea region and I am very proud that research I helped carry out, collect and analyse over many years and, through various projects has helped to assess the whale shark population.
Whale sharks have now been categorised as Endangered regionally, maintaining their current global status, and the data collated through the Sharkwatch Arabia, and Qatar Whale Shark Reseach project helped to reach this conclusion. We had to prove that their population had low numbers of mature animals, which we did mainly based on our 2016 population assessment published in the journal PLoS One, but also by summarising declines and threats from around the region.
It was clear at the assessment that more work needs to be done to protect our region's whale sharks, that we have a declining population and that they face many anthropogenic threats.
If you are interested, have placed the link to download the report in my bio.