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: : INTERNATIONAL SAWFISH ENCOUNTER DATABASE: Sawfish Encounter Reporting Form

: : International Sawfish Encounter Database Announcement

: : Photographs from recent SIT meeting

Listing History
In November 1999, The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) received a petition from the Ocean Conservancy requesting that smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) and largetooth sawfish (Pristis perotteti) be listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In March 2000, NOAA Fisheries found that listing of smalltooth sawfish may be warranted, and initiated a status review. NOAA Fisheries completed the status review in December 2000, and published a proposed rule to list the U.S. population of smalltooth sawfish as endangered under the ESA on April 16, 2001. On April 1, 2003, NOAA Fisheries listed the U.S. population of smalltooth sawfish as an endangered species under the ESA.

Recovery Planning
The ESA requires that NOAA Fisheries develop and implement recovery plans for the conservation and survival of listed species. Such plans are to include: (1) a description of site-specific management actions necessary to conserve the species or populations; (2) objective, measurable criteria which, when met, will allow the species or populations to be removed from the endangered and threatened species list; and (3) estimates of the time and funding required to achieve the planís goals and intermediate steps.

NOAA Fisheries has assembled a Smalltooth Sawfish Implementation Team comprising researchers, managers and representatives from constituent groups to develop a recovery plan for the U.S. population of smalltooth sawfish. The team has met every few months since its first meeting in November 2003, and has made significant progress on developing a draft recovery plan. Once the draft plan is completed, it will undergo a peer review by outside experts, and will be made available for public review and comment before the recovery plan is made final.

Additional information
The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) establishes policies and procedures for identifying, listing, and protecting species of wildlife that are endangered or threatened with extinction. The ESA defines an "endangered species" as "any species which is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range." A "threatened species" is defined as "any species which is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range."


Marine, Estuarine, and Diadromous Fish Stocks at Risk of Extinction in North America (Exclusive of Pacific Salmonids)
(pdf file)

Management of Sharks and Their Relatives (Elasmobranchii)
(pdf file)

Temporal Reductions in the Distribution and Abundance of U.S. Atlantic Sawfishes (Pristis spp.) (PowerPoint presentation)