Only 1950s Kids Will Recognize This Endangered Fish

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Magazine article summarising the findings of research in Tanzania documenting the decline of sawfish

Period27 Jul 2020

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  • TitleOnly 1950's Kids will Recognise this Endangered Fish
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletHakai Magazine
    Media typePrint
    Duration/Length/Size650 Words
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionNew research conducted in Tanzania is providing a chilling example of shifting baselines: the idea that how much an ecosystem appears to have changed depends on when one starts paying attention. Through a series of interviews with Tanzanian fishers, people who spend nearly every day out on the water, scientists found a troubling trend: while all of the older fishers could recognize sawfish, only a handful of young fishers had even heard of these amazing and endangered fish. The research, led by Gill Braulik, a marine ecologist at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, in collaboration with Tanzanian scientists, suggests that sawfish have nearly completely disappeared from Tanzanian waters in just a few decades.
    Producer/AuthorDavid Shiffman
    PersonsGillian Tracey Braulik