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International Sawfish Day

October 17

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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of October, repeating indefinitely

Join The Deep, alongside aquariums all over the world as we celebrate the very first International Sawfish Day; a day dedicated to increasing awareness of these amazing animals in a bid to safeguard their future.

This annual event has been created in partnership with the Sawfish Conservation Society (SCS), the European and American Associations of Zoos and Aquariums to educate people on the threats they face as well as developing conservation strategies that will protect them.

There are only five species of sawfish and they are considered the most threatened elasmobranchs (i.e. sharks and rays) in the world due to destructive fishing practises, habitat destruction and the curio trade. The Deep is the only aquarium in the UK to house the Critically Endangered Green sawfish (as classified by the IUCN).

2017 is the first year that will see International Sawfish Day marked on October 17th – an annual, global day to mark the importance of sawfish and raise awareness of their risk of extinction. Download the resources below or join us on social media using the hashtag #INTLsawfishday and get involved to show your support!