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Atlantic coastal waters of Florida
Pots and traps, trawls, gillnets, seines, trammel nets
Bycatch is the most serious issue threatening the smalltooth sawfish today (Seitz & Poulakis 2006; NMFS 2009). The historical range of the species stretched along the coast from New York to Texas, but is now restricted to the coastal waters of Florida (Seitz & Poulakis 2006). Smalltooth sawfish populations have declined so drastically that an estimate by the National Marine Fisheries Service put the current number of animals at less than 5% of the individuals present during European colonization (NMFS 2009).
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CPUE was significantly higher for night, blue, silky, and oceanic whitetip sharks on circle hooks.
Effect on target catch:
None reported for pelagic longlines. On bottom longlines, CPUE was higher for blacknose and nurse sharks and southern stingrays; no CPUE difference between hook type; more tiger and blacknose sharks were alive at haulback with circle hooks