In the summer of 2016 PIP Expedition
Leader accompanied a team from Fundacion Mundo Azul to record catch
statistics and document in images the species of sharks that are
caught in Atlantic Guatemala.
During the expedition, we were able to
record a rare species of catshark not previosly recorded in
Guatemalan waters. The images obtained during the trip were used to
create posters and increase public awareness in the Guatemalan
fishing communities in that area.
Read more about the work of Fundation
Mundo Azul here:
whitesaddled Catshark is listed as Data Deficient by the IUCN, it's
paucity and limited range indicates that it is vulnerable to
overfishing and habitat destruction. It is an uncommon deepwater
tropical catshark recorded from 274 to 457 m in the Western Central
Atlantic where it is restricted to the continental slopes off
Honduras, Colombia and Panama. Reaches at least 47 cm total length
(TL) but nothing is known of its biology. Of no interest to
fisheries at present and adults may occupy habitat unfavourable to
trawling. Insufficient information available to assess the species
beyond Data Deficient at this time.