Florida Museum of Natural History

International Sawfish Encounter Database

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Sawfish Reporting Form

Contact Information


Name:
Street Address:


City:
State:
Zip:

Phone:
Email:

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


Rain?
Yes No
Cloud cover (%)



Water chemistry parameters:
Temperature
Salinity
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)


Sex
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).

Other

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



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