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August 7, 2017

Mangrove forests are among the most threatened coastal habitats worldwide, decreasing an estimated 35% globally over the past 50 years, with continuing annual declines of 2%. Some estimates show that Florida has already lost 50% of its mangroves. Ongoing and planned coastal development in Belize, Mexico, The Bahamas, and other locations in the Caribbean pose serious threats to mangroves. All...

July 27, 2017

Bonefish and Tides

Dr. Aaron Adams, BTT Director of Science & Conservation (photos: Justin Lewis, BTT Bahamas Initiative Manager)

At any given time, only 10% of the fishable water harbors bonefish. So figuring out how to eliminate the fishless 90% from your search area is half the battle. Understanding how bonefish use tides to their advantage will...

July 19, 2017

Top scientists who study recreational fisheries recently traveled from around the world for the 8th World Recreational Fisheries Conference , held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The goal of the conference is to share successes and failures in research and management of sustainable fisheries. The BTT science staff attended and presented summaries of our conservation initiatives. JoEllen Wilson, BTT’s...

July 18, 2017

Borrowing a few bonefish now to produce thousands for later. That was our goal when we recently collected bonefish for BTT’s Bonefish Restoration Research Project . In collaboration with Harbor Branch at Florida Atlantic University, we are learning how to breed and raise bonefish in captivity. Once we figure out how to do this, stocking bonefish in the keys...

July 8, 2017

Cabin Bluff's 4th annual Tarpon Cup is just around the corner! Presented by Hell’s Bay Boatworks , this two-day catch & release tournament will benefit Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and the BTT Tarpon Acoustic Tagging program. The field will consist of two-man, guided teams, vying for the prestigious Tarpon Cup Trophy. You will be joined by...

July 6, 2017

Dr. Ross Boucek, BTT's new Florida Keys Initiative Manager, recently attended the Inaugural Biscayne Bay Marine Health Summit, where he was interviewed by FIU News.

Stretching 35 miles along South Florida’s Atlantic coast, Biscayne Bay is home to diverse marine plants and animals, including the threatened Florida manatee. Debris, fertilizers, pesticides, pollutants, sewer and storm water and other human-made...

July 5, 2017

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is pleased to partner with Nautilus Reels to host the Nautilus Reels Micro-Film Contest, open to professional and amateur filmmakers. We encourage anglers of all ages and experience levels to submit their best micro-films telling stories from the world of fishing and conservation. The top videos, selected by BTT and Nautilus staff, will be played...

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...

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