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When
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Address
/3618 Coastal Highway 98, St. Teresa, FL 32358

Phone Number
(850) 697-4095

Website
www.marinelab.fsu.edu/

Email
degilbert@fsu.edu

FSUCML-Conservation Lecture Series in October

"Smalltooth Sawfish:  Is there hope for one of our largest and most endangered marine predators?"

By Dr. Dean Grubbs.

7 pm-Lecture followed by light refreshments and conversation with the speaker.

The sawfishes are large, formidable marine predators and also the most endangered of all groups of marine fishes. The smalltooth sawfish, which grows to more than 16 feet in length - making it among the largest coastal fishes in the world – has only remnant populations that are concentrated in southwest Florida and portions of the Bahamas. Very little was known about their ecology, migration, growth rates or reproduction prior to the population declines, thus impeding recovery predictions. Over the past nine years, we have focused our research on uncovering the mysteries of sawfish habitat use and movement patterns, and understanding their reproductive biology, recently discovering locations where mating and birthing take place. In addition to discussing these findings and the future for smalltooth sawfish in Florida, I will show a video from our work documenting for the first time ever, the birth of wild sawfish. 

 

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