We celebrated World Sawfish Day by hosting a family-friendly event in Rockingham! The community came out in force to view our giant sawfish art-installation, learn about the Fitzroy River’s critically endangered freshwater sawfish and share stories and memories of the Kimberley.
We joined the Rockingham community to celebrate World Sawfish Day, with a special event at Naragebup Rockingham Regional Environmental Centre on Saturday, October 17.
More than 100 people attended the event to raise awareness for the Fitzroy River’s critically endangered freshwater sawfish. Our giant seven-metre sawfish art installation was a hit with children at the event – as well as the sawfish themed cake.
We are thrilled with the turnout on the day, with people of all ages coming along to learn about the freshwater sawfish and the importance of the Fitzroy River for its survival. We loved hearing stories from people that had spent time at the Fitzroy River and had experienced the beauty and importance of the region.
Due to the popularity of the sawfish art installation, Rockingham Regional Environment Centre have decided to showcase the sawfish for the next two weeks, so more people can learn about the species and the Fitzroy River.
Naragebup Rockingham Regional Environment Centre business development manager Barbara Sciesinski said the centre was pleased to host the event.
“It was such a pleasure to host the International Sawfish Day event and have the giant sawfish at our centre,” she said.
“We were so thrilled with the response that we’ve decided to keep the sawfish art installation at the centre for the next few weeks. It was extremely popular.”
Sawfish are critically-endangered and have disappeared from more than 70% of their global range. The Fitzroy River is their last stronghold and crucial for their survival. Enjoy these photos of our Sawfish celebration!