A review of the biology, fisheries and conservation of the whale shark Rhincodon typus.

  title={A review of the biology, fisheries and conservation of the whale shark Rhincodon typus.},
  author={David R L Rowat and Katie Brooks},
  journal={Journal of fish biology},
  volume={80 5},
  • D. RowatK. Brooks
  • Published 1 April 2012
  • Environmental Science
  • Journal of fish biology
Although the whale shark Rhincodon typus is the largest extant fish, it was not described until 1828 and by 1986 there were only 320 records of this species. Since then, growth in tourism and marine recreation globally has lead to a significant increase in the number of sightings and several areas with annual occurrences have been identified, spurring a surge of research on the species. Simultaneously, there was a great expansion in targeted R. typus fisheries to supply the Asian restaurant… 

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