Feds: Oceanic Whitetip Shark Warrants ‘Threatened’ Listing

In this June 21, 2008, photo provided by the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, a whitetip shark swims off Cat Island in the Bahamas. The National Marine Fisheries Service said in December 2016 that the sharks are likely to become endangered. Threats to the sharks include fishing pressure all over the world, as their fins are prized in Asian markets for use in soup. (Neil Hammerschlag/University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science via AP)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. officials say the oceanic whitetip shark’s status in the wild warrants listing as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

Threats to the sharks include fishing throughout the world. Also, their fins are prized in Asian markets for use in soup.

Oceanic whitetips are found around the world, mostly in open water.

The National Marine Fisheries Service says the sharks are likely to become endangered in all or at least a significant portion of their range “within the foreseeable future.”

The conservation group, Defenders of Wildlife, called on the government to list the species. Their listing would be the most widespread shark listing in the U.S. to date.

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