Protected Resources

Oceanic Whitetip Shark

Scientific name: Carcharhinus longimanus

Bigeye Thresher Shark, Image: Alessandro de Madalena
Oceanic Whitetip Shark, Image: Johan Lantz

Current Management Issues

On January 30, 2018, we published a final rule to list the oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) (83 FR 4153). After completing a comprehensive status review, and after taking into account efforts being made to protect the species, we concluded that the oceanic whitetip shark is likely to become endangered throughout all or a significant portion of its range within the foreseeable future. Therefore, we have listed the oceanic whitetip shark as a threatened species under the ESA.


On September 21, 2015, we received a petition from Defenders of Wildlife to list the oceanic whitetip shark under the ESA. The petitioners requested that we list either the entire global species, or any distinct population segments (DPS). The petitioners also requested that critical habitat be designated concurrent with a final listing.

On January 12, 2016, NOAA Fisheries made a positive 90-day finding (81 FR 1376), determining that the petitioned action to list the oceanic whitetip shark may be warranted. A comprehensive status review was conducted to inform the 12-month finding/proposed rule.

On December 29, 2016, we published a proposed rule to list the species as threatened under the ESA (81 FR 96304). A 90-day public comment period on the proposal to list the oceanic whitetip shark under the ESA was open until March 29, 2017.

Key Documents

Please visit the NOAA Fisheries oceanic whitetip shark species page for more information.