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January 16, 2019

Global Rescue , the exclusive provider of evacuation and travel insurance services for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, has reaffirmed its support of BTT's conservation efforts as a Silver Corporate Sponsor.

“Global Rescue and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust value the importance of sustainable practices and share support for enthusiasts within the fishing world,” said Global Rescue CEO Dan...

January 15, 2019

Over the last 20 years, BTT research has revealed that any given flats fishery is reliant on habitats or other fish populations outside of the flats in order to remain productive. There are two ways these biological connections can occur: through larval transport via ocean currents and adult migrations. For instance, genetic research and ocean current modeling have shown that...

January 15, 2019

Photo: Xcalak, Mexico. Patrick Williams

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust joins the scientists at ECOSUR in opposing the proposed deepening and widening of the Zaragoza Canal, which is just south of Xcalak, Mexico, and used by bonefish during their spawning migration. The dredging of the canal will create heavy sedimentation that will damage adjacent habitats, including...

January 9, 2019

Before the holidays, BTT Juvenile Tarpon Habitat Program Manager JoEllen Wilson and Director of Development Mark Rehbein were accompanied by SweetWater Brewing Company's Jake Basnett and BTT member Mark Spurgeon on a juvenile tarpon tagging trip. An arduous day of seine netting in southwest Florida yielded a batch of tarpon 12 inches or less that made for viable Passive Integrated...

January 3, 2019

Research over the past few years by BTT associate scientist Addiel Perez identified a bonefish pre-spawning site, with the spawning site likely near northern Ambergris Caye. The research shows that bonefish migrate to this pre-spawning site from throughout the region--from San Pedro and Corozal Bay in Belize, Chetumal Bay and Xcalak in Mexico, and beyond. This means that any damage...

December 26, 2018

During a recent presentation to a fishing club, I talked about some of the threats to the flats fisheries in Belize and Mexico. In Belize, the newest trend among resort developers is building over-the-water walkways and cabins so that their guests can enjoy an immersive experience with the ocean environment. The problem with such development lies with these structures being...

December 12, 2018

Big Sky Anglers , a full service fly shop and guide service based in West Yellowstone, Montana, has renewed its support of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s conservation efforts as a Bronze Corporate Sponsor.

“We are super excited to lend a hand in the conservation efforts led by BTT. We absolutely love what they are doing and...

December 3, 2018

Gangler's North Seal River Lodge , a renowned fly-in only fishing operation in Northern Manitoba, has established its support of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s conservation efforts as a Silver Corporate Sponsor.

“My passion has always been the flats and the species that make it so special,” said owner Ken Gangler. “Our dear friend and mentor Lefty Kreh...

November 29, 2018

BTT applauds the Bahamas National Trust for its ongoing efforts to protect important marine habitats in The Bahamas. BNT and partner organizations recently submitted a white paper to the Bahamian Government that identifies 43 areas for protection by 2020. Conservation action by the government in these areas will ensure that The Bahamas achieves the ambitious goal of protecting...

November 28, 2018

BTT has completed its multi-year Bonefish Genetics Study, the results of which provide scientific evidence that the bonefish population across the Caribbean is closely connected. The study, which launched in 2014, involved the collection of genetic samples from bonefish ( Albula vulpes ) in multiple locations spanning the region. With the assistance of anglers, guides, and partners, BTT surpassed its...

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