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Bonefish & Tarpon Trust thanks Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for continuing to prioritize our state’s natural resources. This year the Legislature: Unanimously passed Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed update to the state’s stormwater rules and design criteria (SB 7040/HB 7053). These new rules were an outcome of the Clean Waterways Act […]

Global Rescue, the exclusive provider of evacuation and travel insurance services for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, has renewed its support of BTT’s conservation programs as a Silver Corporate Partner. “Global Rescue values BTT’s mission to conserve valuable resources and through our partnership, we’re collaborating to ensure members can enjoy them safely and with confidence,” said […]

We are excited to welcome Texan Deighan Cherry to the BTT Youth Ambassador Program! At an early age Deighan learned to fish – and soon after fly fish – from her dad, and then began tying her own flies. Now in middle school, Deighan is an accomplished and well-rounded angler. Beyond the Texas coast, she […]

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) and the Lower Keys Guides Association (LKGA) first received a report of fish in the Florida Keys exhibiting abnormal behavior, colloquially referred to as “the spins,” on November 7, 2023. Fish with the spins experience loss of equilibrium causing them to swim upside down in repeated circles, often following a […]

Every year, the angling community holds its collective breath as rising water levels in Lake Okeechobee trigger an all too predictable daisy chain of events. It begins with an announcement by the US Army Corps of Engineers that lake levels must be lowered, followed by high-volume discharges of tainted, nutrient-laden waters into the Caloosahatchee and […]

Caitlyn Cooke is a high school junior from Bradenton, Florida. She loves to fish for mangrove snapper, bonnethead shark, and grunt in the Gulf of Mexico. “I grew up in Manatee County,” Caitlyn shared, “with some of the largest tarpon in the world gracing our shores in late spring and early summer.” Unfortunately, growing up […]

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust will induct legendary fishing guides, Captain Rick Ruoff and the late Captains Joe Gonzalez and Travis Holeman, into the BTT Circle of Honor on May 2, 2024. “We’re honored to recognize Rick, Joe and Travis for their accomplishments as fishing guides and their support of flats conservation,” said BTT President and […]

As part of BTT’s Win Back Our Water campaign, we asked Youth Ambassador Jack Walker to weigh in on the water quality issues affecting Florida.   As an angler and a Floridian, what do you think about the value of Florida’s waterways? I believe the reason why Florida has become so successful as a state […]

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) is closely monitoring potential cruise port development plans near Xanadu Beach, a bonefish pre-spawning aggregation (PSA) site on Grand Bahama. BTT recognizes the importance of balancing economic development and environmental conservation and expresses its willingness to work closely with the developer to explore solutions that minimize negative impacts on the PSA site […]

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s Win Back Our Water campaign is all about improving the most important habitat of all for our fisheries. Win Back Our Water is a multi-pronged campaign that is centered on multiple issues that must be addressed to bring our water back to a healthy status—contaminants, nutrients, and water flows. In the […]

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