Landings of whale sharks Rhincodon typus Smith, 1828 in Indian waters since protection in 2001 through the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972

@article{Akhilesh2012LandingsOW,
  title={Landings of whale sharks Rhincodon typus Smith, 1828 in Indian waters since protection in 2001 through the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972},
  author={Kumar Akhilesh and C. P Rajool Shanis and William T. White and Hashim Manjebrayakath and K. K. Bineesh and Uma S. Associate Professor CIT Coimbatore Ganga and E. M. Abdussamad and Achamveettil Gopalakrishnan and N Gopalakrishna Pillai},
  journal={Environmental Biology of Fishes},
  year={2012},
  volume={96},
  pages={713-722}
}
Since 28th May 2001, Whale shark Rhincodon typus Smith, 1828 have received the highest protected status for an animal in India through the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 Schedule-1. However, landings have still been recorded off the Indian coast since 2001, mostly as incidental bycatch in commercial fishing operations, and other sightings have also been reported. In the 1990’s, a targeted whale shark fishery existed off the Gujarat coast following increased demand for the flesh in some… CONTINUE READING