Mu­ti­lated saw­fish shocks com­mu­nity

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A saw­fish dumped with its snout cut off has drawn the ire of the pub­lic af­ter im­ages were posted on so­cial me­dia re­cently.

A photo ap­peared on Face­book on Fe­bru­ary 7 of a saw­fish with­out its ros­trum, left for dead on dry land at the pop­u­lar fish­ing spot of Cleaverville.

Saw­fish ros­trums are prized as a tro­phy by some, but the prac­tice is il­le­gal, with fines of up to $5000 and a manda­tory ad­di­tional penalty of $5000 per saw­fish ap­pli­ca­ble.

Depart­ment of Fish­eries north­ern re­gional man­ager Peter God­frey said it was dis­ap­point­ing to see sit­u­a­tions like this. “Saw­fish are a to­tally pro­tected species,” he said. “Fish­eries and Marine of­fi­cers are al­ready in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent and if any­one has any in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to it, we urge them to call Fish-Watch on 1800 815 507.”

North­ern Aus­tralia is re­garded as the only place in the world where saw­fish are not in im­me­di­ate dan­ger of ex­tinc­tion.

Pic­ture: Lau­ren and Rob Ed­wards

A Saw­fish found in Cleaverville with its ros­trum re­moved.

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