Mutilated sawfish shocks community
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.
A Sawfish found in Cleaverville with its rostrum removed.