March 2017 | Bonefish & Tarpon Trust
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Gink & Gasoline  recently published an important and timely piece by Sandy Moret, a member of the BTT Board of Directors and a founding partner of the Now or Neverglades Declaration. Visit to sign the Now or Neverglades Declaration and to voice your support for Senate Bill 10 and House Bill 761, which will allow […]

The Balance, a new film from Orvis about the ongoing water crisis in Florida and the ways it is negatively impacting our fisheries, underscores the urgent need for Everglades restoration.  Please take immediate action to fix Florida’s water crisis by urging your representatives to pass SB 10 and HB 761, which will allow for the […]

Bonefish Conservation and Restoration Program  Jon Shenker, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology  Paul Wills, Ph.D., Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Florida Atlantic University    Though the Florida Keys are still a world-class fishing destination, the decline of the region’s bonefish population over the past decades is a tremendous concern to anglers, fishing guides, scientists […]

Ghost Stories: How Guides in the Bahamas are Providing Valuable Insight into Their Fishery Tom Karrow, a doctoral candidate at the University of Waterloo and a Research Fellow at the University of the Bahamas, has been interviewing fishing guides on Bimini, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and Andros as part of a BTT project to record their knowledge and […]

Ocean Portal recently published a great piece about seagrasses, which support commercial and recreational fisheries, provide cover for many species, clean the surrounding water, and help pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Due to the benefits they offer, seagrasses are believed to be the third most valuable ecosystem in the world, second only to estuaries and wetlands. One hectare of […]

Tarpon Genetics Program Results: High Connectivity Across the Atlantic Basin Highlights Need For International Management  By: Dr. Liz Wallace  The Tarpon Genetics Program has concluded, providing illuminating results that will help build effective regional management and conservation plans for tarpon. This two-year collaborative study between BTT and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) sought to […]

Tracking Bonefish in Mexico and Belize: Two Countries with a Shared Fishery Anyone who has fished the flats of the Yucatan Peninsula knows about the expansiveness of the flats habitats. Sand flats, seagrass beds, mangrove-lined shorelines, mangrove lagoons, and tidal creeks fit together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle in a broad habitat mosaic. To […]

      photo: Jordan Carter BTT’s Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Project, generously sponsored by Maverick Boat Group, is well underway. The purpose of this study is to obtain scientific data necessary for tarpon conservation that will be used exclusively to protect tarpon and enhance their habitat through improvements in fishery management.  Although satellite tagging previously funded by BTT provided valuable […]

photo: Dr. Aaron Adams The work to document the harvest of the ‘sport fishery’ in Cuba continues. For this project, we are partnering with University of Havana and University of Florida to conduct surveys of the ‘sport fishery’ – a subsistence-level fishery that is present throughout Cuba – to document the species they harvest, how […]

Juvenile Tarpon Mapping

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 […]