What is the fate of amputee sawfish?

Morgan, David L., Wueringer, Barbara E., Allen, Mark G., Ebner, Brendan C., Whitty, Jeff M., Gleiss, Adrian C., and Beatty, Stephen J. (2016) What is the fate of amputee sawfish? Fisheries, 41 (2). pp. 71-73.

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Abstract

The sawfishes (Pristidae) are the most threatened of all of the world's shark and ray families, which is largely due to overfishing (Dulvy et al. 2014). There are five extant species of sawfish, all of which possess an enlarged, tooth-lined rostrum (or "saw"), which has unfortunately been central to their widespread global decline, due to the saw rendering them extremely susceptible to net entanglement (Faria et al. 2013; Dulvy et al. 2014; Whitty et al. 2014). Individuals may suffer mortality during entanglement or be euthanized or desawed prior to net removal for either operator safety or to simplify removal of the sawfish from the net.

Item ID: 42933
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1548-8446
Funders: Chevron Australia
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2016 00:50
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060204 Freshwater Ecology @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 50%
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8502 Mining and Extraction of Energy Resources > 850203 Oil and Gas Extraction @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 60%
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