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Updated: 04/18/2014 08:00:01AM

Sawfish sanctuary?

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I75 bridge Peace river 20 minutes later. Mark Smith Port Charlotte released. Both reported to FWC

I75 bridge peace river

Released unharmed Jeff Mertes, Port Charlotte

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If sawfish were a commercially harvested fish, we would sure know a whole lot more about them than we do today. Once any species of fish has a price tag over its head — like red snapper — scientists and fishermen seem to be a little more motivated to collect as much data as they possibly can. Why? Well, that price tag has a heck of a lot to do with it. But what about non-commercial fish? What about the sawfish?

For whatever reason, sawfish reports increase significantly this time of year. Just last week, I got five calls about the endangered unique fish that has a long saw extending out from their heads.

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