Developing the Conservation Strategy
Shark and ray experts from around the world gathered in May 2012 at the Zoological Society London to address the plight of sawfishes. The group developed a focused global action plan to bring these iconic species back from the brink of extinction. Participants presented summaries of the status of sawfishes in their region or stakeholder group. Finally, the Red List assessment for each species was updated given the new information that has been made available since the original assessments in 2006. View Sawfish conservation videos and presentations from the Workshop here.
Communicating the Conservation Strategy
The IUCN SSG hosted a Species Pavilion Event at the IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC), in partnership with the IUCN Species Conservation Planning Sub-Committee, to spread the word about the plight of sawfishes and the conservation actions needed to improve their conservation status. The discussion focused on three issues: what participants can do to conserve sawfishes, whether we are missing any vital sawfish distribution information, and how to best communicate why sawfishes need protection. The presentation was mainly to conservation and non-governmental organizations. From this we were successful in fostering collaborations and connections with a number of the attendees that furthered the work on the Global Sawfish Conservation Strategy.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United States government, in partnership with the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, hosted a side event at the Committee on Fisheries, in Rome 2012. We were very pleased that participants from diverse backgrounds attended our 'Securing a Safe Future for Sawfishes' Side Event. Attendees came from the secretariats of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species, the Convention of Migratory Species, several sawfish range States, artisanal fishermen, and conservation NGOs. The discussions were engaging and covered a broad range of topics. View details on the discussions, a list of participants and photos from the event here.
View the Sawfish Conservation Strategy here.
View published editions of the SSG Sawfish newsletter here.
View our media coverage of our project here.
Please contact theIUCN SSG Program Officer if you have any information on Sawfish or would like to discuss the project further.
COMPOSED BY LUCY HARRISON AND UPDATED BY JEFF WHITTY