Sawfish Handling Solutions
The husbandry of sawfish represents various challenges to the aquarist, not least the fact that can grow to a very large size (4metres+), possess a sword-like, tooth-lined rostrum that can be wielded with the consummate ease of a medieval knight and are invariably resident in large enclosures!
Challenge 1 - The need to move a sawfish.
This is always a tense time, with a close interaction between divers and large animals where both must need to be considered in the procedure. It requires the equipment used to be specifically designed for the task, which is why the Pristi-Pouch was developed.
It is based on a design that has been successful in other sawfish handling events around the world but that has been a further adapted by aquarists experienced in large elasmobranch movements and handling. Its shape and features have all been added to successfully and safely complete whatever sawfish handling project you may encounter.
Challenge 2 – Close contact veterinary care or health examination.
In the event of needing direct veterinary care, the Pristi-pouch has features to allow thorough examination and the administration of any veterinary medicine products.
Specific access has been created to allow veterinary procedures to be carried out with minimal hassle.
Along with the features described for moving there are other features that specifically cater for veterinary care
The Pristi Pouch has been designed and developed to prioritise animal and diver welfare and ideally would also be used in conjunction with positive reinforcement behavioural training and managed habituation with the equipment in situ.
Sawfish Capture Bag Dimensions