Normally this Sawfish News article shares information about sawfish research, management, and policy. But due to COVID-19, these aren’t normal times. Schools are closed, most of us are under safer-at-home orders and self-isolating directives. So, I’m dedicating this Sawfish News article to sharing information about the many organizations that have sawfish-related educational and entertainment resources for students, teachers, parents, families, and adults during the school closures and stay-at-home orders.
The Sawfish Conservation Society is dedicated to connecting the world to advance global sawfish education, research, and conservation. They have games, coloring pages, lesson plans, crafts, hands-on activities and much more available at http://sawfishconservationsociety.org/.
NOAA Fisheries is the agency responsible for the protection and recovery of the endangered smalltooth sawfish population in the United States. You can learn about the targeted management actions taken to recover this species and read all the official documents including the recovery plan and critical habitat designation at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/smalltooth-sawfish. A video looking at smalltooth sawfish conservation and recovery in the United States is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSRWUjVU3e8&t=3s. To learn more about sawfish research, management, and conservation in the United States visit www.SawfishRecovery.org.
The IUCN Shark Specialist Group developed a Global Sawfish Conservation Strategy in 2014 that provides an update on the status of sawfishes. It also details global-scale prioritized recommendations for meaningful research, education and conservation action and a roadmap for the development of regional conservation programs to improve the global status of sawfishes. Also available on their website https://www.iucnssg.org/conservation-strategies-sawfish.html are regional fact sheets and other infographics.
Sharks4Kids is creating a new generation of shark advocates through access to a dynamic range of educational materials including sawfish (and shark) webinars, a “What is a Sawfish” curriculum PowerPoint, coloring sheet, fact sheet, and more sawfish, shark, and ray information on their website https://www.sharks4kids.com/.
Sharks and Rays Australia is conducting an assessment of the current distributions and abundance patterns of four species of sawfishes in Australia and has sawfish identification guides, sawfish craft ideas, coloring sheets, and a sawfish food web game at https://www.sharksandraysaustralia.com/materials/#outreach
International Sawfish Day is celebrated each year on October 17 to raise awareness for sawfish around the world and to highlight the threats they face in order to safeguard their future. The website https://internationalsawfishday.org/ has education and entertainment resources for use every day including posters, coloring pages, activities, and infographics in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic.
There are several children’s sawfish books you can find online or at your local library or bookstore, including Frank the Sawfish by Stephanie Matthews, Sandy the Sawfish Seeks Self Control by Jennifer J. Swanson, The King of the Fishes by Ruth H. Leeney, and The Adventures of Sonya the Freshwater Sawfish by Stirling Peverell.
Want to see a sawfish giving birth? Check out this amazing video https://marinelab.fsu.edu/news-around-the-lab/dr-grubbs-documents-pregnant-sawfish-giving-birth-in-the-wild/
You can even watch live sawfish in one of these aquarium live feeds!!
Dallas World Aquarium: https://dwazoo.com/animal-cams/shark-cam/
Georgia Aquarium Ocean Voyager exhibit: https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/
Tonya Wiley, President
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