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$25,000 offered for info about dead smalltooth sawfish

Sawfish generally only found off the coast of Florida
Dead sawfish and two dead bonnethead sharks
Posted at 10:59 AM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 10:59:39-04

EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. — Wildlife officials and a non-profit group are offering $25,000 for information about six critically endangered smalltooth sawfish found killed in South Florida.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that it would pay up to $20,000 for information leading to a criminal conviction or civil penalty.

The Center for Biological Diversity announced an additional $5,000 reward.

An Everglades National Park employee recently reported the dead sawfish and two dead bonnethead sharks along a causeway south of Everglades City.

Sawfish are generally only found off the coast of Florida, especially southwest Florida where the species give birth. NOAA says they reproduce every other year and give birth to just 7-14 young.

Call the NOAA Enforcement Hotline at 1-800-853-1964 if you can help in the case.