NOAA biologists joined partners worldwide to celebrate International Sawfish Day on October 17, 2017. This annual event was created in partnership with the Sawfish Conservation Society and the European and American Associations of Zoos and Aquariums.
Outreach events were held at public aquaria and museums around the world including The Deep in the UK, Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach South Carolina, the National Aquarium, the Dallas World Aquarium, the Audubon Aquarium, Seaworld Orlando, and the South Florida Museum. There were also a variety of presentations ranging from Facebook live broadcasts to radio interviews in Australia.
NOAA Fisheries participated by working with collaborators to man a booth at the South Florida Museum, posting/sharing sawfish information through social media, a live presentation through a Google Hangout with Sharks4kids. Learn more about sawfish here: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/protected_reso…/sawfish/index.html
Photo: Tonya Wiley of Havenworth Coastal Conservation, Adam Brame of NOAA Fisheries, and Rachel Scharer of the Florida Wildlife Research Institute host the International Sawfish Day exhibit at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, FL.