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June 30, 2017

My name is Ross Boucek--I am the new Keys Initiative Manager for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. First, I want to thank my predecessor, Brooke Black, for setting such a great foundation of work for me to build on. Her knowledge of the Keys flats fishery will be sorely missed at BTT. I grew up in Southwest Florida fishing for snook...

June 27, 2017

Thank you to the Steve Trippe Invitational Tournament Series for hosting us and helping us tag a 75 lb tarpon in Key West with Capt. Will Benson and the winning angler Tom Trippe. The tournament raised over $16,000 for BTT's Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Project! Thanks to all those who participated and supported this great event. Check out the United...

June 26, 2017

In July 2017, recreational fisheries scientists and managers will meet in Victoria, Canada, to share stories and information to advance the management and conservation of recreational fisheries. We hope to use this opportunity to develop a set of questions that will help guide research into the state and future of both marine and freshwater recreational fisheries from the perspectives of...

June 23, 2017

The BTT Tarpon Tracking Program team has returned from a great trip to Apalachicola, Florida. Four tarpon were tagged in this area and we can’t wait to see how these fish move across the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. Further, in collaboration with local institutions and agencies, we launched additional acoustic receivers (listening devices) across Apalachicola Bay to...

June 21, 2017

The Bonefish Restoration Research Project is in full swing. Every week we learn more about the processes involved in bonefish spawning. As part of the next phase in the project, we need to collect more bonefish in the Florida Keys to add them to the tanks at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. More bonefish means more spawning. The collection crew is...

June 20, 2017

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Bonefish & Tarpon Trust will soon celebrate its 20th Anniversary. We’ve come a long way in the past two decades, advancing our mission through innovative scientific research, conservation action, education and advocacy. As we prepare to step into a new decade, we want to hear from you!...

June 16, 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce that Brooke Black has stepped down from her role of BTT Keys Initiative Manager. Brooke completed her duties on June 1st. Brooke has been instrumental in the strong progress of the Florida Keys Initiative during her time with BTT. Brooke has been responsible for so many aspects of the Florida Keys...

June 12, 2017

Click here to read a great write-up from Rob Mukai, the owner of Acocote Inn in Xcalak, about a recent tagging trip lead by BTT researcher Addiel Perez near the Mexico-Belize border. Addiel has now personally tagged over 7,500 bonefish! The results of this project, supported by Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, will shed light on the connectivity of...

May 27, 2017

One of the things that makes the BTT Tarpon Tracking Program, sponsored by Maverick Boat Group , work is our ability to collaborate with other scientists. Many of our colleagues are using acoustic telemetry to track an array of marine animals - tripletail to cobia, sharks to sturgeon, redfish to turtles. If our tarpon swim past their acoustic receivers,...

May 25, 2017

Capt. Nelson Italiano III and his client, Tony, recently landed an exceptionally large tarpon, estimated to weigh over 200 lbs. Below is the report from Capt. Italiano and the response from Dr. Aaron Adams, BTT Director of Science and Conservation

"Last night we landed a tarpon of a lifetime," writes Capt. Italiano. "She was 86" to...

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