Sawfish are large shark-like rays that used to be relatively common in Florida waters including the Keys. Today, Florida's sawfish is endangered, and scientists are striving to learn as much as possible about this iconic and fascinating fish. On Saturday April 7 at 6 p.m. Havenworth Coastal Conservation President Tonya Wiley will be giving a presentation titled “The Endangered Sawfish of the Florida Keys" at the Coral Restoration Foundation Coral Restoration Foundation. The Coral Restoration Foundation Education Center is located at 5 Seagate Blvd, Key Largo, FL 33037.
Tonya has been conducting conservation biology studies of sawfish since 2001, including research on the endangered smalltooth sawfish in Florida, becoming an authority on the biology and ecology of the species. She is an appointed member of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Smalltooth Sawfish Recovery Implementation Team, a multi-institutional panel of experts working to protect the remaining sawfish population in the US and prevent the species from going extinct. Tonya is the President of Havenworth Coastal Conservation, founded to promote the sustainable use and conservation of marine resources through research, outreach, and education.
Join us to see a three foot sawfish replica, feel some real sawfish rostra (saws), and get some great sawfish swag. During her presentation Tonya will bring you interesting facts about sawfish, updates on current research projects, explanations of management tools such as the Endangered Species Act, descriptions of ways you can be involved in the recovery of sawfish, and other information about the unique and endangered smalltooth sawfish.