Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Year: 2016

Rena S. Glinton Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources Island Traders Building, East Bay Street and Okra Hill Nassau, N. P., The Bahamas  To Ms. Rena Glinton,  We write to you to provide comments on the proposed “FISHERIES RESOURCES (JURISDICTION AND CONSERVATION) (FLATS FISHING) REGULATIONS, 2016” dated October 17, 2016, as representatives of […]

On behalf of the founders of the Now or Neverglades Declaration, I want you wish each of you Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!   As 2016 comes to a close in our lives as Everglades and clean water warriors, we must ask ourselves – what is ahead?   This year began with toxic, […]

Anglers know the feeling well. That pull we get from the water. Rising well before dawn to pursue bonefish, tarpon or permit – or the slam! Our passion for pursuing these prized fish is matched only by our concern for the future of the fishery.  We conserve what we love!  Your support of our 2016 […]

December 7, 2016 By Marcus Stern, with Kait Parker and Spencer Wilking CLEWISTON, Fla. – For months during 2016, plumes of toxic algae turned South Florida’s emerald waters the color of coffee and smothered its inlets under a fetid blanket of guacamole-green goop that killed off fish, suffocated oyster beds and triggered a ferocious outcry […]

Patagonia has long been at the forefront of conservation and sustainability and has been a generous BTT partner for many years. Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard co-founded 1% For The Planet in 2002, and the company has since given millions to conservation while promoting sustainability in its own business. This November, Patagonia stepped up once again by […]

Photo by Pat Ford BTT is pleased that the FWC heard the testimony of many in South Florida that the barracuda population is in trouble, and that the Commission saw the need for new regulations for barracuda. We especially applaud Commissioner Spottswood for leading this effort. Given the apparently poor state of the barracuda population […]

Above: “Mangrove Plantation” by Paul Puckett Whether fishing for tailing bonefish or cruising permit around small mangrove shoots, pushing deep into mangrove-lined creeks in pursuit of juvenile tarpon, or patiently staking out next to mangrove shorelines waiting for migrating tarpon, mangroves are an inextricable part of the flats fishing landscape. Yet we don’t often stop to […]

After two decades of dedicated service to Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Tom Davidson is stepping down as Chairman of the international conservation organization. He is succeeded by former BTT President Harold Brewer, who was elected to the position by the Board of Directors on November 15. Davidson and a small group of like-minded friends first […]

Let’s go catch some bonefish! Join BTT January 10-16, 2017 at Bair’s Lodge in the Bahamas for an amazing traveling angler trip! The trip includes six nights and five days of fishing alongside BTT’s Dr. Aaron Adams, author of a number of books on fly fishing. This is a great opportunity to catch bonefish, including the large bonefish South […]

According to reports, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie has emphatically declared that his government would not approve the $2.1 billion proposal to grant China extensive fishing rights in the Bahamas, a proposal which has been greeted with strong opposition from environmental groups and Bahamas citizens alike. “The government of the Bahamas did not agree to […]

The news is mixed on the proposed Blackadore Caye development in Belize. Blackadore Caye is the Leonardo DiCaprio development near San Pedro, Belize. The development proposes extensive overwater structures – large docks supporting two-story houses – to be constructed over the flats. The negative impacts to the flats surrounding the caye would be significant. In addition, […]

BTT’s KEEP ‘EM WET®  contest runs through December 15, 2016! The contest is sponsored by Orvis in partnership with Keep ‘Em Wet Fishing, YETI Coolers, ARC Fishing, Montauk Tackle and Fishpond. In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of proper fish handling for catch and release fisheries, we want your best bonefish, tarpon and permit #keepemwet photos! The more creative, the better. Our favorite […]

Blackadore Caye, Belize, is a sliver of an island in the middle of a vast sand flat in northern Belize – located about halfway between Ambergris Caye and the mainland. The flats surrounding the caye have been an important location for flats fishing since the earliest days of the fishery. Multiple generations of flats fishing […]

Photo by Dr. Andy Danylchuk This tarpon and permit tagging project overview is the kickoff of a collaboration between Dr. Andy Danylchuk, Fish Mission, and Moldy Chum. The research on this ambitious project includes Dr. Danylchuk, along with Lucas Griffin and Dr. Jack Finn (UMass Amherst), Dr. Jake Brownscombe and Dr. Steven Cooke (Carleton University), […]

BTT has received thousands of bonefish fin clip samples from anglers in more than 15 countries, which will provide critical information about bonefish population connectivity and genetics. With the collection phase of the program ending in March, we are appealing to anglers to continue submitting fin clips until the deadline. The program will help us […]

Bill Andersen was only with us for 62 years, but in that time, he lived three lifetimes. Bill always aimed high. As a young man, he was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was the head of the honor committee during the 1976 West Point […]

The discharging of polluted water that began early this year from Lake Okeechobee into the surrounding estuaries is finally slowing. An unusually rainy dry season, in combination with the long delay in fully implementing the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (which includes purchasing land south of Lake Okeechobee), resulted in the Army Corps of Engineers  discharging […]

by Alex Lovett-Woodsum Some of my fondest childhood memories were spent out in nature. I was blessed to have both easy access and parents who insisted on pushing me out into the natural world at every turn. I have very early memories of running in the woods in New Hampshire, turning over rocks to find […]

Maverick Boat Group has been a longtime supporter of BTT’s efforts, donating $250 from every flats boat sold to support the cause. We recently sat down with Captain Bou Bosso of the TV show Silver Kings to chat about why he loves partnering with Maverick.

What are those wily permit up to? We are working to get to the bottom of that question through the permit tagging program. Using dart and acoustic tags, we are starting to see some patterns emerge.  A total of 16 permit have been acoustically tagged in the Lower Keys since the program began in early […]

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