This video from the USA says about itself:
11 July 2007 — The critically endangered smalltooth sawfish is threatened by habitat destruction by the construction of an oversized development – Bimini Bay Resort. It is not only the sawfish that is under threat – the mangrove and sea grass lagoons are nursery areas for many species of fish, lobster and conch. Sharks, rays and turtles are also found here.
There have been accusations of bribes made to government officials and council members to allow the project to go ahead on land that was to be designated as a marine protected area.
The digging made the local wells brackish so the developers were required to build a water plant to supply the local people – trouble is that when the developers are using lots of water the local people are left with none.
From World Science:
Oil spill threatens iconic fish with saw-like snout
May 27, 2010
Courtesy of the University of Florida and World Science staff
The oil spill caused by the collapse of a BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico threatens to kill off a critically endangered sawfish and its relative, says a University of Florida scientist.
The animals are the only two marine fish in United States waters to receive such federal protection.
The largetooth sawfish, a popular curio item known for its sawlike snout, was proposed as a federally endangered species on May 7, less than three weeks after massive amounts of oil started gushing into Gulf waters, said the university’s George Burgess.
“The oil spill will not only have very dire effects on such highly visible creatures as seabirds and dolphins, but also threatens a multitude of bottom-dwelling organisms including the smalltooth sawfish, which already is in considerable trouble as its range diminished and its numbers dwindled,” he said.
What’s left of the smalltooth sawfish population is confined to the lower peninsula of Florida, Burgess said, with the most important area ranging from Charlotte Harbor through the Ten Thousand Islands area of the Everglades into Florida Bay and the Keys. That’s where the largest portion of its nurseries is found and these are now threatened by the oil spill, he said.
“As oil gets caught up in the loop current, it will be pulled down into the Gulf Stream, which goes right by Key West on its way up the U.S. East Coast,” Burgess said. “The opportunities for serious ecological problems are mind boggling, with dire implications for what’s left of that species in the northwest Atlantic Ocean if the oil reaches critical mangrove habitat.”
The largetooth sawfish, which was most common in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, has not been encountered in decades. Its close relative, the smalltooth sawfish, was listed as an endangered species in 2003 and survives in the U.S. only at the southern tip of Florida.
Conservationists had hoped conditions would become favorable for both sawfish species eventually to stage a comeback in Gulf waters, Burgess said. Far more common to South and Central America, the largetooth sawfish migrated up the Central American coast during the summer into the Gulf, the edge of its natural geographic range, he said.
“If important underwater habitat is destroyed, neither species will have a place to return to,” he said. “They can’t come back to an underwater desert.”
A creature of historic and cultural interest, the sawfish was sometimes depicted as a so-called monster on postcards from the turn of the century, with stories of its catching routinely published in newspapers outside Florida, Burgess said. Today it is not unusual to find the fish’s “saw” hanging from the walls of South Florida bars, he added.
The last time a largetooth sawfish was seen in U.S. waters was in 1961, said Burgess, who is curator of the National Sawfish Encounter Database, a compendium of all known historic and current records of sawfish in the United States. The predator’s close relative, the smalltooth sawfish, once swam in bays, lagoons and rivers extending from New York to the Rio Grande, he added.
The sawfish’s fearsome, long, toothy snout is utilized to stun fishes and unearth crustaceans, shellfish and other food buried in the bottom. It takes longer for sawfish to rebound from a population crash than other species because of its relatively slow growth rate and its late onset of sexual maturity, Burgess warned. “Our recovery plan covers 100 years, which should give a pretty good indication of how much trouble the animal is in,” he said.
BP oil spill: estimates of oil spewing into Gulf of Mexico double: here.
Maddow: Republicans Demanded to ‘Defund’ ACORN – When are They Going to Call to ‘Defund’ BP? Here.
Compare and contrast ACORN vs. BP and federal contracts: here.
Human rights group: BP discouraging crews from using respirators: here.
Oil Disaster Shows Need for Endangered Species Act Overhaul: here.