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Cuba’s environmental efforts could help save sawfish

London, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Conservation efforts and fishing protection measures in Cuba could save the sawfish, which is on the list of endangered species, a scientific source reveals. According to Science Advances journal, other nations in a position to join this effort would be Tanzania, Colombia, Madagascar, Panama, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, the United States and Sri Lanka. In the past, the sawfish was detected off the coasts of 90 countries, but now it is among the world’s most endangered marine fish family, presumed extinct in 46.
‘There are 18 nations where at least one species of sawfish is missing, and 28 more where two species have disappeared,’ the researchers detailed. The experts point out that ‘three of the five sawfish species are critically endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species,’ and the other two are in the same situation to a lesser degree. Sawfish – named for its single, long, narrow nose fringed by teeth – may become completely extinct if overfishing is not curbed and threatened habitats, such as mangroves, where it can thrive, are left unprotected.

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