BTT Blog

August 19, 2016

BTT recently received word that a permit was recaptured during the Black Tail Invitational, hosted by Mike Dawes of WorldCast Anglers at La Pescadora Lodge in Punta Allen, Mexico, with support from a number of generous sponsors. The BTI tournament is held annually and donates all proceeds from entry fees and auction items to the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Jon...

August 17, 2016

Check out this animated short from Costa Sunglasses about Florida's Water issues.

August 16, 2016

In early February, Bahamas Initiative Manager Justin Lewis and research assistant Robbie Roemer traveled to Mangrove Cay Club located in Andros to work with the guides there to collect genetic samples and tag bonefish. On the first morning of the trip the team was welcomed by dark skies, wind and rain from a strong cold front that was passing...

August 11, 2016

On Tuesday, incoming Senate President Joe Negron called for a massive land-buy south of Lake Okeechobee to address water storage issues. The $2.4 billion in state and federal funding would buy sugar land to create reservoirs to store and clean freshwater. “All the evidence that I see confirms what I'm here to announce today: We must buy land south,” said Negron at a press conference in Florida.

August 10, 2016

From the OCEANA blog...

Each year, visiting anglers spend about $41.3 million to catch the prized game fish that flit through Belize’s inshore waters. But the country’s sports fishing industry is in danger. A handful of local fishermen who deploy gillnets — a destructive form of netting that can kill animals from shrimp to whales — are wiping...

August 8, 2016

Practicing proper catch and release is an important part of being a good steward of the flats fisheries. How you handle fish in a catch and release fishery has an impact, and can make a difference in whether a fish survives or not post-release. Just because a fish swims away from the boat doesn't mean they are in the...

August 4, 2016

BTT has been conducting a bonefish genetics study for several years now, which requires collecting as many bonefish fin clip samples as we can from all over Florida and the Caribbean. We often get asked why we are doing this. And while part of it is to broaden our knowledge of bonefish DNA and population connectivity for scientific purposes,...

August 3, 2016

Fundamental to BTT’s education efforts is making catch and release the standard for bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries. Catch and release fisheries are sustainable, as long as proper handling techniques are practiced. This is especially true for tarpon, for which there is essentially no food value in the United States. It’s been estimated that the annual economic impact for...

August 3, 2016

by Michael Adno

2112 C-44 LOCK AND RESERVOIR STORMWATER TREATMENT AREA.

Rushing toward the interior of the C-43 lock, adjacent to Lake Okeechobee’s Rim Canal, plumes of green and blue swirl on the surface then dissipate as nutrient sediment sinks to the bottom. Phosphorus gives the algae blooms plaguing the east coast their peculiar color. The water moving throughout...

July 27, 2016
Photo by Kyle Johnson of one of the many dead tarpon off Cat Island.

This past weekend, we received reports and photos of dead tarpon that had been spotted floating around Cat Island, a barrier island off the Gulf Coast that is under Mississippi's jurisdiction. Fishermen Kyle Johnson and Troy Helwig spotted more than a dozen tarpon up to...

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