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An anecdotal observation of an amputee sawfish recapture and development of safe release guide for Papua New Guinea gillnet fisheries

Michael I. Grant A B * , Yolarnie Amepou B , Andrew Chin A , Sarah J. Hill C , Dana Maggacis C and Madeline Green D E
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A Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture and College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University, Townsville, Qld 4814, Australia.

B Piku Biodiversity Network, Waigani Drive, Ensisi Valley, Port Moresby, National Capital District 121, Papua New Guinea.

C Chunky Duck, 11 Kimberly Way, Happy Valley, SA 5159, Australia.

D Centre for Marine Socioecology, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tas. 7004, Australia.

E CSIRO Environment, Castray Esplanade, Hobart, Tas. 7004, Australia.

* Correspondence to:

Handling Editor: Mike Calver

Pacific Conservation Biology 30, PC22048
Submitted: 7 December 2022  Accepted: 3 April 2023  Published: 27 April 2023

© 2024 The Author(s) (or their employer(s)). Published by CSIRO Publishing. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND)

Keywords: conservation action, conservation initiative, fish maw, gillnet, Pristidae, rostrum, small-scale fisheries, threatened species interactions.


Grant MI, White WT, Amepou Y, Appleyard SA, Baje L, Devloo-Delva F, Feutry P, Ibana D, Jogo DJ, Jogo S, Kyne PM, Mana R, Mapmani N, Nagul A, Roeger D, Simpfendorfer CA, Chin A (2021a) Papua New Guinea: a potential refuge for threatened Indo–Pacific river sharks and sawfishes. Frontiers in Conservation Science 2, 719981.
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