Sawfish

(Pristis spp.)

Saagvis, saw fish

Sawfish (Pristis pristis and Pristis zijsron) are slow growing, late-maturing, large fish found in warm, shallow coastal waters over a sandy or muddy bottom as well as estuaries. They are extremely sensitive to over-fishing and habitat degradation. Both are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red list Threatened Species. Sawfish are specially protected in South African water and fishing of any kind is strictly prohibited.