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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...

February 2, 2017

This World Wetlands Day, we thought we should talk about some of the key wetlands that support flats fisheries. One thing they have in common is the presence of mangroves. Whether fishing for tailing bonefish or cruising permit around small mangrove shoots, pushing deep into mangrove-lined creeks in pursuit of juvenile tarpon or snook, or patiently staking out next to...

January 27, 2017

It's a challenging time in Florida's ongoing water crisis, but a newly introduced Florida Senate bill is a positive step in the efforts to restore the Everglades. In 2016, billions of gallons of nutrient-rich water were dumped out of Lake Okeechobee into the surrounding estuaries, leading to catastrophic algae blooms, killing marine life and endangering people and animals alike. Those...

January 18, 2017

As part of BTT’s efforts to document bonefish spawning locations in the Bahamas and understand the spawning process, a BTT science team traveled to South Andros for the January full moon. This was the team’s second visit to this spawning site, and the trip was once again generously hosted by Bair’s Lodge.

The team arrived prepared for the...

January 12, 2017

This time last year, Captain Daniel Andrews had never heard of the Everglades Coalition.

The Fort Myers native just knew that fishing wasn't doing well. The seagrass beds and oyster reefs he had fished with his father were disappearing.

Now, a year later, the co-founder of nonprofit Captains for Clean Water found himself sitting on a panel at...

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