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NESP Marine and Coastal Hub (2021). A pilot study into the movement and dispersal of sawfishes. Project 1.24 Information sheet. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Cairns, Queensland.



The aim of this project is to test the utility of satellite telemetry to elucidate the movement and dispersal in large sub-adult and adult sawfishes, which is a poorly understood life-history phase of this globally and nationally threatened group.

In 2021, research and monitoring surveys carried out by DPIRD (Fisheries) provide a unique opportunity to capture and tag larger size classes of sawfishes in northern Western Australia. This project seeks to generate a preliminary data-set on the suitability of satellite telemetry to study the movement and dispersal to guide future research on this taxon and inform the Sawfish and River Shark multi-species Recovery Plan.