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March 21, 2017

Now or Neverglades Sportfishing Day in Tallahassee, April 11, 2017


BTT will join with other conservation groups and concerned citizens in Tallahassee on April 11 to make our collective voices heard. Together we will meet with legislators from our districts and from all parts of Florida.Our elected officials need to hear...

March 17, 2017

Ghost Stories: How Guides in the Bahamas are Providing Valuable Insight into Their Fishery

Tom Karrow, a doctoral candidate at the University of Waterloo and a Research Fellow at the University of the Bahamas, has been interviewing fishing guides on Bimini, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and Andros as part of a BTT project to record their knowledge...

March 16, 2017

Ocean Portal recently published a great piece about seagrasses, which support commercial and recreational fisheries, provide cover for many species, clean the surrounding water, and help pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Due to the benefits they offer, seagrasses are believed to be the third most valuable ecosystem in the world, second only to estuaries and...

March 14, 2017

Tarpon Genetics Program Results: High Connectivity Across the Atlantic Basin Highlights Need For International Management

By: Dr. Liz Wallace

The Tarpon Genetics Program has concluded, providing illuminating results that will help build effective regional management and conservation plans for tarpon. This two-year collaborative study between BTT and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) sought...

March 13, 2017

Tracking Bonefish in Mexico and Belize: Two Countries with a Shared Fishery

Anyone who has fished the flats of the Yucatan Peninsula knows about the expansiveness of the flats habitats. Sand flats, seagrass beds, mangrove-lined shorelines, mangrove lagoons, and tidal creeks fit together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle in a broad habitat mosaic. To the guides and...

March 9, 2017

photo: Jordan Carter

BTT's Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Project , generously sponsored by Maverick Boat Group , is well underway. The purpose of this study is to obtain scientific data necessary for tarpon conservation that will be used exclusively to protect tarpon and enhance their habitat through improvements in fishery management. Although satellite tagging previously funded...

March 7, 2017

photo: Dr. Aaron Adams

The work to document the harvest of the ‘sport fishery’ in Cuba continues. For this project, we are partnering with University of Havana and University of Florida to conduct surveys of the ‘sport fishery’ – a subsistence-level fishery that is present throughout Cuba – to document the species they harvest, how much they...

March 6, 2017

Loss and degradation of juvenile habitat is the single biggest threat to tarpon populations worldwide, and they have been classified as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, meaning there has been at least a 30 percent decrease in the population in the recent past. Protecting and restoring critical juvenile habitat is the best way to preserve tarpon...

March 2, 2017

Photo courtesy of The Palometa Club

Due to a few late cancellations, there are still spots open for the 5th annual Palometa Club Permit Tournament (March 31--April 7), benefiting Bonefish & Tarpon Trust! Since the tourney's inception, it has raised over $22,000 for BTT's Jon Ain Memorial Fund. For more information, click the banner below:


February 23, 2017
Hon. Holly Raschein 209 House Ofc Bldg. 402 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300 Dear Rep. Raschein: I urge you to strongly support prompt enactment of SB 10/ HB 761 and make passage of this important measure one of your highest priority items for this session. Florida Bay is in dire straits and without timely infusions of additional clean fresh...