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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:

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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...
February 21, 2017

The New York Times just published a great piece about the importance of seagrass to marine ecosystems. Seagrass is often overlooked, but can be found on every continent except for Antarctica, and collectively covers an area the size of California. They place an incredibly important role in our oceans, providing shelter for many species, filtering pollutants, locking...

February 15, 2017

A hallmark of BTT’s success over the years has been its collaboration with others who share our concerns—and aspirations—for healthy flats fisheries. In the Florida Keys community, where every BTT initiative relies on partnership, we are benefitting from unprecedented levels of collaboration in pursuit of the mission.

Take for example the important question: Where do Keys bonefish come from?...

February 13, 2017

(photo: Rick DePaiva)

Florida legislative leaders have inspired new hope for Everglades restoration with the introduction of Senate and House bills to expedite the acquisition of 60,000 acres of land in the EAA south of Lake Okeechobee for a reservoir to store, clean and convey water to the Everglades and Florida Bay. Bonefish & Tarpon Trust applauds...

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