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The International Sawfish Encounter Database (ISED) is curated by the Florida Program for Shark Research (FPSR) at the Florida Museum of Natural History on the University of Florida campus.

In addition to the ISED’s international scope, five U.S. sawfish databases were integrated: one from the Mote Marine Laboratory, one from the Florida Museum, two from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and another database from a private sawfish aficionado. As a result, all existing information regarding U.S. smalltooth sawfish is held in the ISED.

The information from the sawfish encounter reports is entered into the database and used for monitoring sawfish populations worldwide. This information assists in the evaluation of species abundance and habitat range, helping to estimate the population sizes and also to identify habitat preferences. This type of information is vital for the recovery of worldwide sawfish populations, and greatly assists in conservation efforts.

View the Global Sawfish Encounter Data

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International Sawfish Encounter Database
Florida Program for Shark Research
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
P O Box 117800
Gainesville, FL 32611
Tel: 352-392-2360
sawfish@flmnh.ufl.edu