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Sensory strategies for protecting endangered sawfishes [ 2009 - 2010 ]

Research Grant

[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP0989676]

Researchers Prof SP Collin

Brief description The Gulf of Carpentaria is the last habitat worldwide containing sustainable populations of sawfish. Easily entangled in nets, the saw has reduced population numbers dramatically in Australia with all species now protected under the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). This study will provide basic biological information on feeding, prey manipulation and the role of critical senses in the only captive population of sawfishes in Australia. Such knowledge will underpin the development and use of visual, chemical and/or magnetic repellents by fisherman that are still responsible for the loss of large numbers of sawfish as by-catch.

Funding Amount $79,000

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