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Episode 604: Saving Sawfish
Strange and prehistoric-looking, Smalltooth Sawfish were once coveted by anglers as popular trophy fish. But habitat loss and overfishing have greatly reduced the animals’ range and landed them on the endangered species list in 2003. Historic records report sightings of the fish as far north as New York and west to the Texas-Mexico border. Today, the animals, which are related to the sharks, skates and rays, are limited to South Florida. Now scientists are conducting research to save the species. Little was known about Smalltooth Sawfish when they became endangered, so experts are conducting basic research about their life history, as well as tracking their movements using satellite and acoustic tags.

 

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Captain's Table Lodge
Captainís Table Lodge
102 East Broadway
Everglades City, Florida 34139
Phone: (239) 695-4211
www.captainstablelodge.com


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Four Points by Sheraton
Punta Gorda Harborside
33 Tamiami Trail
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
Phone: (941) 637-6770
www.fourpointsharborside.com

 

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