Disney fund helps Palmetto organization study endangered sawfish

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PALMETTO – Havenworth Coastal Conservation received a grant from the Disney Conservation Fund to study endangered small-tooth sawfish in the Tampa Bay area.

The Palmetto-based conservation group has received funding that will support two years of work using field research and public awareness and education to collect information on the historic and current population of SmallTooth Sawfish ( Pristis pectinata) in the greater Tampa Bay area.

The HCC is about to complete three years of funding from the Save Our Seas Foundation which enabled the initial investigation, which resulted in the capture, tagging and release of two new sawfish- born in spring 2021.

“We are very grateful for the support from DCF which allows us to continue to investigate the use of the area by endangered small-tooth sawfish,” said Tonya Wiley, President of Havenworth Coastal Conservation. “This funding is critical to our ability to continue our sawfish research efforts and expand our public awareness and education initiatives.”

The Disney Conservation Fund supports the efforts of communities around the world to save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet with more than $ 120 million distributed to nonprofits since 1995.

If you catch or see a sawfish, share the information by visiting SawfishRecovery.org, by calling 1-844-4SAWFISH or emailing [email protected]

DCF grant recipients are selected based on their efforts to implement comprehensive community-based wildlife conservation programs, stabilize and increase populations of animals at risk, and engage communities in the conservation of critical ecosystems around the world.

Havenworth Coastal Conservation, a non-profit project of The Ocean Foundation, promotes the sustainable use and conservation of marine resources through research, awareness and education. To donate visit havre.wedid.it. For more information on Disney’s commitment to nature conservation and a list of grant recipients, visit Disney.com/conservation.

Submitted by Tonya Wiley

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