Something rare happened when extremely endangered Sawfish was caught in fishermen’s fishing nets on the maritime border between Pakistan and Iran.
As per WWF Pakistan, the rare catch was reported on October 29 at the shores of Jiwani when an absolutely rare species of aquatic life “Sawfish” was caught by the fishermen during their normal fish-catching routine. This particular species has been endangered by extinction for many years.
As per Moazzam Khan, WWF Technical Advisor the face that Sawfish discovered in the Pakistani sea is the reflection that it is still in the Pakistani sea and steps need to be taken for the survival of this rare species.
This fish was consumed locally and also exported to the market of Sri Lanka but now it is on the brink of extinction.
According to WWF Pakistan, there were three different breeds of Sawfish present in the sea of Pakistan. Specifically in the era of 1970s and 1980s abundance availability of this fish was seen as a good opportunity for trade as it was exported by Pakistan.
This fish was pushed towards extinction after the introduction of plastic nets for fishing in the 1950s. So far, in the last t10 years, there are only three events on which this rare fish was spotted in Pakistan.
As per the reports, one fisherman said that in the past 30 years, this is the first sighting of this breed on the shores of Jiwani.
Sawfish has been declared “critically endangered” as its population is drastically decreasing throughout the world.