IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
Pigeye Shark (C. amboinensis) is sporadically distributed in the Indo-West Pacific, which may, in part, be due to an inability to distinguish it from other members of the genus Carcharhinus. Where fisheries data are available, this species constitutes a very small component of the catch, suggesting that it may not be common. Natal Sharks Board data demonstrate a significant declining trend in catches from 1978–98, and a decrease in mean length in the southwest Indian Ocean. The apparently sporadic distribution and low abundance of this shark suggests that it may be unable to sustain heavy, localised fishing pressure, and shark fisheries are intensifying in the Indo-Pacific.
- 2000Lower Risk/near threatened