Commencing in 2002, we (Team Sawfish) have studied the population of largetooth sawfish that inhabits the Fitzroy River and surrounding environments. Through our work, we have gained a better understanding of the ecology and physiology of this species. Our program is the longest continuously run research involving the largetooth sawfish in the world. The long duration of this research allows us to provide invaluable insight into the long-term changes in this sawfish population.
|Team Sawfish measuring a juvenile largetooth sawfish in the Fitzroy River.|
Managed by Dr David Morgan at Murdoch University’s Freshwater Fish Group & Fish Health Unit, Team Sawfish is a partnership between Murdoch University, the various ranger groups in the west Kimberley, including the Nyikina-Mangala Rangers, and the people of the west Kimberley. As the Fitzroy River is located in a remote and harsh environment, Murdoch University researchers depend on local rangers and residents to provide local knowledge, assist with field work and report sawfish captures.
Our program has grown through the years in numbers and projects. Starting on the Fitzroy River, we have expanded its focus to now include the largetooth sawfish, green sawfish (Pristis zijsron) and dwarf sawfish (Pristis clavata) in the Fitzroy River and throughout the entirety of northern Western Australia, one of the last hotspots for these species.
Check back here for more updates on Team Sawfish and our research. For more information, visit: http://www.freshwaterfishgroup.com/team-sawfish.php.
|Team Sawfish 2012 at Geikie Gorge on the Fitzroy River, Western Australia. Photo: Paul Billan|