An MRC Lunch & Learn Webinar
May 4, 2021
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Watch our May Lunch & Learn Webinar on the endangered sawfish — large, shark-like rays that were once relatively common in Florida’s coastal waters, including the Indian River Lagoon. Now, Florida’s smalltooth sawfish is endangered and scientists are striving to learn as much as possible about this iconic and fascinating fish. See below for video from this event.
Tonya Wiley, President of Havenworth Coastal Conservation, shares interesting facts about sawfish, updates on current research projects, explanations of management tools such as the Endangered Species Act, descriptions of ways you can be involved in the recovery of sawfish, and other information about the unique and endangered smalltooth sawfish!
About Our Presenter
Tonya has been conducting conservation biology studies of sawfish since 2001, including research on the endangered smalltooth sawfish in Florida. For nearly a decade, Wiley was a researcher with Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Shark Research, directing field surveys for smalltooth sawfish from Tampa Bay to the Florida Keys. Tonya is an appointed member of, and team leader for, the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Smalltooth Sawfish Recovery Implementation Team — a panel of experts working to protect the remaining sawfish population in the United States and to prevent the species from extinction. Tonya is President of Havenworth Coastal Conservation, founded to promote the sustainable use and conservation of marine resources through research, outreach, and education.
MRC’s Lunch & Learn Webinar series is a long-standing and cherished social offered to the East Central Florida coast region, and is supported by volunteers and the community’s charitable giving. If interested and able, we ask participants to donate toward our guest speaker series. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information on the Marine Resources Council, please visit SaveTheIRL.org.