The WWF is run at a local level by the following offices...
- WWF Global
- Central African Republic
- Central America
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- European Policy Office
Sharks are cartilaginous fish and are also called chondrichthyan. They are the apex predators of marine ecosystems and serve as an important indicator of ocean health. Sharks perform important ecological roles in the marine environments; one of their main responsibilities in the ecosystem is to maintain the species below them in the food chain. They remove the sick species and keep balance with the competitors, which helps ensure diversity. Indirectly, sharks also maintain seagrass and coral reef habitats.
Sharks inhabit in three major marine habitats such as continental shelves, deep sea and open ocean.
an estimated 184 chondrichthyan species are reported from the Arabian Sea and adjacent water
Threatened to extinction
WWF-Pakistan is closely working with the shark stakeholders for establishing conservation and management measures for sharks at both national and regional level. Our primary focus is on co-management approach and promoting sustainable fishing practices. To execute it, data is being collected on shark species, trials of gear modification of the fishing operations to reduce bycatch of species are being conducted, and modern technology is being used for the improved fisheries compliance