The whitetip reef shark is fished in the waters off Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Madagascar (4). It is also believed to be fished in other waters across its range, but data is limited. The meat and liver are sold for human consumption, despite the liver being reported as toxic (6). Although this reef shark is widely distributed, its restricted habitat, depth range, small litter size, and moderately late age at maturity mean that its rebound potential is low and it may become increasingly threatened with rising fishing pressure (1).
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