Big Sawfish caught in Bay of BengalHelmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine,
28. November 2011
Date: reported on 25. November 2011.
Species: Sawfish ( Pristidae Family ).
The impressive catch was made by fishermen from Kuakata in the Patuakhali district.
According to the source, the sawfish was chopped into pieces and put up to dry.
The source also says that the ‘large fish’ is ‘apparently not a common species in this part of the world’.
All seven species of the Sawfish Family Pristidae are classified as ‘Critically Endangered’ by the IUCN Red List. Additionally, six species have been listed under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in which Bangladesh is a member country since 1982 . Appendix I lists species that are the most endangered among CITES-listed animals and are threatened with extinction. The trade in specimens of these species is permitted only in exceptional circumstances.
The remaining species (Largetooth Sawfish, Pristis microdon) is listed on Appendix II for the exclusive purpose of allowing international trade in live animals to appropriate and acceptable aquaria for primarily conservation purposes.
Source: The Daily Star. Photo Credit: Sohrab Hossain.