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Strengthening Marine Species Protections in Cuba: A Case Study on the Critically Endangered Smalltooth Sawfish

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The Smalltooth Sawfish (Pristis pectinate), a critically endangered species of ray, is in urgent need of strong legal protection and conservation action in the Wider Caribbean Region, particularly in Cuba. Cuba has a long history of conservation initiatives for other marine species and is a signatory to multiple multinational agreements that direct the country to protect sawfish. Nevertheless, sawfish are only just beginning to be a species of concern on the island. Here we review existing domestic laws relevant to biodiversity and endangered species protection in Cuba, with a focus on safeguarding sawfish. We offer specific recommendations to improve sawfish protection in Cuba through clear prohibitions on killing and harassment, as well as safe release requirements for incidentally captured individuals..

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