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October 31, 2017

To learn more about the BTT Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Program , sponsored by Maverick Boat Group , please join us at the 6th International Science Symposium, November 10-11, at the Bonaventure Resort in Weston, FL. $25.00 Day Passes are available for purchase here. (PC #1 and #2: Tosh Brown)


October 25, 2017

Fall Membership Drive

The Fall Membership Drive is live! Join or Renew today and receive a Limited Edition BTT 20th Anniversary Simms Fishing Products cap or a Polar Bear Coolers Bag embroidered with BTT logo...or get both!

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October 19, 2017

Beginning in 2011, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission enacted new regulations for permit, creating a Special Permit Zone, or SPZ, in the Florida Keys. One of the new regulations in the SPZ was to close harvest during permit spawning season, which was identified as May through July.

Recent data from BTT’s ongoing Permit Acoustic Tracking Project shows...

October 10, 2017

Larval Tarpon: A Survivor Story

JoEllen K. Wilson, BTT Juvenile Tarpon Habitat Manager

What do tarpon and honest politicians have in common? They both start out small and most never make it to be big fish. Some would say that at least one of these is a mythical creature, or those chasing tarpon with a fly rod...

October 6, 2017

Two More Tarpon Tagged in South Carolina

On the heels of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, UMass Amherst graduate student Lucas Griffin and BTT scientist JoEllen Wilson were able to continue the two tarpon per year acoustic tagging streak that started in 2016. The first tarpon, estimated 40 lbs., was the smallest tagged by BTT in South Carolina....

October 5, 2017

Flatsbag in collaboration with Bonefish & Tarpon Trust have set up this week at Crooked & Acklins Trophy Lodge June 8 - June 16, 2018 to fish and conduct bonefish research on the flats of Crooked Island, with the purpose of tagging bonefish and identifying vital bonefish habitat. Your host for the trip will be BTT’s...

October 3, 2017

HOMESTEAD, Fla. --- Biscayne National Park is pleased to announce the reopening today of Adams Key, a popular day use area in the park. The key has been closed since Hurricane Irma swept through the area on September 10, 2017. Saw crews have been working on clearing downed trees, removing stumps, and cleaning up storm debris to make the key...

September 26, 2017

News Deeply recently published a piece about the harmful impacts that sand mining has on coastal ecosystems.This issue presents a very real threat to flats habitats, and is yet another example of why we need habitat protections to ensure a healthy fishery in the future. (Photo Credit: Steve Austin/Flickr)

Researchers say the world faces a sand...

September 25, 2017

Over the past nine years, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust has accomplished a lot through its Bahamas Initiative, from identifying bonefish home ranges and pre-spawning aggregation sites to developing an education curriculum for Bahamian students. One of the top accomplishments of BTT’s Bahamas Initiative is the designation of six national parks on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama in collaboration...

September 20, 2017

Inagua Genetics Collection

The southern Bahamas is the most sparsely populated region in the country, where little has changed in the way of life for the people who call it home. With such a small population and small anthropogenic footprint, wildlife flourishes on these islands, especially on the southernmost island in the Bahamian archipelago, Inagua.