Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Year: 2019

In our first post, we overviewed the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s proposed new management plan and what is at stake. This management plan will influence access and activities in the Florida Keys for the next 10-20 years. The second post described the marine zones proposed by the Sanctuary. The third post outlined the additional […]

Photo: Ian Wilson In our first post in this series, we overviewed the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s proposed new management plan and what is at stake. This management plan will influence access and activities in the Florida Keys for the next 10-20 years. Our second post described the marine zones proposed by the Sanctuary […]

Photo: Ian Wilson In our last post, we introduced the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary draft management plan. This management plan will influence access and activities in the Florida Keys waters for the next 10-20 years. Over the last decade, BTT has conducted multiple studies to best inform Sanctuary regulations to ensure that bonefish, permit, […]

Photo: Ian Wilson In August, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary released a draft of their new management plan. If you fish the flats in the keys, this management plan should be on your radar. The Sanctuary is one of five management agencies charged with protecting the Florida Keys fish, wildlife, and the habitats that […]

BTT joined with other leading conservation organizations and industry leaders in support of Atlantic menhaden, an important forage fish for tarpon. Click HERE to read the letter submitted by the American Sportfishing Association to Wilbur Ross, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Photo: TRCP

In a previous post we announced the development of BTT’s strategic plan for Belize and Mexico, which is comprised of three components: science, education and conservation. The science component (tagging and habitat mapping) will generate information. The education component will be used to inform diverse sectors (flats fishing communities, education, management and conservation) through materials […]

The recent and ongoing attention to some of the greatest threats to Florida’s coastal fisheries—from the Bluegreen Algae Task Force to Everglades Restoration—are great steps in the right direction. But it’s important to realize that the algae blooms—from bluegreen algae to red tide—and seagrass die-offs are symptoms of Florida’s much larger problem of too many […]

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust recommends significant modifications to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s proposed management plan (A Restoration Blueprint, Preferred Alternative 3) in order to: (1) assure better conservation of important shallow water habitats for bonefish, permit, and tarpon; and (2) eliminate unnecessary and unwarranted prohibitions on traditional flats angling in the Keys. We […]

When you dine at Bonefish Grill during the week of Giving Tuesday (12/3 – 12/9), you can round up your check to support Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Bonefish Grill will match all donations up to $10,000, so get hooked on new holiday dishes at Bonefish Grill, like Risotto Del Mar—sautéed shrimp, bay scallops, tomatoes and red onions over […]

This article appears in the current issue of the Bonefish & Tarpon Journal. (Photo: Dr. Jiangang Luo) Ross Boucek, Ph.D. Florida Keys Initiative Manager, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Jacob Brownscombe, Ph.D Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University Research Associate, Carleton University Benjamin M. Binder Graduate Research Assistant, Marine Ecology & Acoustics Laboratory, Florida International University   […]

Scientists from Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute were recently on a research trip to study spawning bonefish as part of the Bonefish Reproductive Study. This drone video shows a pre-spawning school of bonefish before they move offshore at night to spawn. Note the many sharks around the school of bonefish. This […]

BTT is pleased to announce that the Bonefish & Tarpon Journal Photo Contest is open for submissions! Send us your very best images from the flats. We’re looking for unique and stunning photos that feature habitat and fish (bonefish, tarpon, or permit). Anglers and boats can also be present, but are not required to be. […]

BTT Sponsor Ambush Skiffs has generously donated a skiff, complete with a 6 hp Suzuki motor, grab bar, BTT Seadek, and trailer. The skiff also comes with a pair of RCI Optics glasses. All raffle ticket proceeds support our mission to conserve bonefish, tarpon, permit, and their habitats. Click HERE to buy raffle tickets. One winner will be randomly […]

                                       Dr. Addiel Perez and Belizean fly-fishing guide Omar Arceo. Photo: The San Pedro Sun Dr. Aaron Adams, BTT’s Director of Science and Conservation, and Dr. Addiel Perez, BTT’s Belize-Mexico Program Coordinator, recently spent four days informing […]

The Avalon II was the Bonefish Bonnies’ mothership and home away from home for their week off the grid. Similar to the children’s book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (wherein “It’s going to want a glass of milk to go with it), when you give a woman a fly rod, she’s going to want […]

As BTT expands its involvement in Belize conservation and institutes a new strategic plan, it’s essential that we do so within the framework of the management system in place in Belize. This is a dual system that has both government- and cooperative-based management. For example, the government is generally in charge of setting and enforcing […]

The best approaches to address the looming threats to Belize’s flats fishery are science, needed to inform a strategic approach to conservation, and education. It’s been shown time and time again that enforcement alone is not sufficient. There has to be buy-in from all stakeholders—from the fishing guides, anglers, lodge owners, tour guides—as well as from […]

Located in The Sportfishing Capital of the World, Islamorada’s Cheeca Lodge & Spa is a premier destination for fly and conventional anglers. With its rich history, incredible ambiance and five-star service, Cheeca Lodge has reintroduced the seamless blend of oceanside luxury and casual comfort through a $25 million renovation that touches every aspect of the resort, […]

BTT had a successful tagging week in August, with four tarpon tagged in south Georgia. The fish ranged in size from 55 pounds to 115 pounds. The addition of these four fish brings the total tagged tarpon count for 2019 to 65! We look forward to following the movements of these fish for the next […]

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and the Bahamas National Trust have established the Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery Fund to benefit fishing guides, lodge staff and others in the Bahamas’ fishing industry who have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian, the worst natural disaster in the nation’s history. “Our success as an organization has been shaped in large part […]

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