Florida Museum of Natural History

International Sawfish Encounter Database


Sawfish Reporting Form

Contact Information

Street Address:



Time and Date Information

Date of Encounter:
Time of Encounter:

Encounter location and habitat information - Fill to the best of your knowledge

Location - description:

Channel or flat present?
Channel     Flat     Both     Neither    

Latitude and longitude:

(If you are unsure of the latitude and longitude, you can use iTouchMap.com to find the approximate coordinates. We recommend using the "hybrid" view when identifying the coordinates.)

Type of encounter (capture or sighting)
# of sawfish:

Bottom type (please check all that apply)
 Mud  Sand  Pebble
 Rocks  Hard bottom (bedrock)  Shell hash
 Seagrass  Algae  

Habitat at location (please check all that apply)
 Inlet/Pass  Mangrove  Canal
 Tidal marsh  Beach  Coral reef
 Seawall  Open Water  

Habitat description

Water depth (give units)

Tidal state (high/low/rising/falling)
  Estimate Depth   Depth Finder

Sea state-wave height
Wind direction and strength

Yes No
Cloud cover (%)

Water chemistry parameters:
Oxygen level

Encounter information - Fill to the best of your knowledge

Activity at time of encounter (e.g. fishing, diving, boating, etc.)

If observed, how close were you to the sawfish

Select type of platform:

boat     dock     shore     pier

Estimate length (give units)
Estimate weight (give units)

     Does this measurement include the saw?
     Yes    No

     Was there a protective sheath on the saw if under 3?
     Yes    No

Did the sawfish have any distinguishing features? (tags, scars, broken teeth or saw)

Tag #

Are photographs or video available?
Yes     No

     May we use the photos for articles, presentations, flyers, etc?

     Yes    No

How long did the encounter last?

Describe the behavior of the sawfish during the encounter?

Fishing information (if applicable) - Fill in to the best of your knowledge

Was the sawfish captured while fishing?
Yes     No

Where was the animal hooked?
Was the hook removed?

Was the line/leader wrapped
around the saw?
Was the line/leader removed?

If the line was cut, how much line was left on the animal?

Target species
Other fish species caught while fishing

If captured describe gear, bait, fishing technique, hook size, and hook type (e.g., J or circle hook).


How often are you in the area where you saw the sawfish?

How did you find out about reporting a sawfish?

Can you think of anyone else who has seen one? If so, can we have their contact information?

Additional Comments:

Would you like to become involved in sawfish recovery efforts?
Yes     No