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Endangered Sawfish Handling, Release, and Reporting Procedures

October 23, 2018

Federal law prohibits injuring or harming sawfish. Captured sawfish caught incidentally should be released immediately. Learn more about safe handling and release procedures and reporting.

This fact sheet provides information on general handling and release procedures, as well as more specific guidelines for long gear and net gear. Interactions with sawfish should be reported immediately to NOAA Fisheries. 

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on 05/28/2019

Endangered Species Conservation