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What used to be an expansive seagrass flat that is now a mix of open sand and thick algae. By Aaron Adams, Ph.D., BTT Director of Science and Conservation The cancer of too many nutrients is spreading throughout Charlotte Harbor. This does not bode well for the long-term future of its legendary fisheries. I lived […]

Photo: Dr. Jiangang Luo The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted today to establish a four-month no fishing closure at Western Dry Rocks, the most important permit spawning site in the Lower Keys. Conservation organizations celebrated the vote, which capped a year-long effort to protect spawning fish that aggregate at the site. “We […]

Shallow flats of Corozal Bay, Belize. Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s Belize-Mexico Initiative seeks to identify and address threats to the region’s flats fishery. To this end, Belize-Mexico Initiative Coordinator Dr. Addiel Perez, began collaborating in 2021 with colleagues from El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) in Mexico, and the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development (SACD) […]

Voice your support for a four-month closure at Western Dry Rocks. The future of the Keys permit fishery depends on it. In recent weeks, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hosted three virtual workshops to gather public comment on the proposed four-month no fishing closure at Western Dry Rocks, the most important permit […]

photo: Justin Lewis Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) offshore oil exploration, which began in December 2020, poses a greater threat to the US coastline than previously suggested by the project’s Environmental Impact Assessment. “Our conclusion is that drilling in the location southeast of Cay Sal Bank on Cooper Block is dangerous for producing oil pollution for […]

Photo courtesy of MANG MANG, an environmental apparel company based in West Palm Beach, FL, has become a BTT Gold Sponsor. MANG’s mission is to restore coastal ecosystems across the globe by focusing on mangrove restoration. Through its Buy One. Plant One.® initiative, MANG plants a mangrove for every product sold. Since the co-founders and twin […]

More than 6,000 mangroves were planted in the project’s first phase. PC: Justin Lewis A new project to restore Bahamian mangrove forests destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in 2019 has been launched by Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) and its partners Bahamas National Trust (BNT), Friends of the Environment and MANG, an environmental apparel brand that […]

A flat near Ambergris Caye, Belize. Photo: Scott Morrison At the core of BTT’s approach to conservation is a focus on habitat protection. Healthy habitats equal healthy fisheries. And although the Covid-19 pandemic posed a challenge, we were able to use technology to our advantage, continuing education and advocacy through online meetings and outreach. BTT’s […]

The Executive Summary below outlines the progress made in the formulation of the Bahamas Bonefish Conservation Action Plan 2021, which is currently being reviewed by conservation partners. The Plan provides a summary of BTT’s collaborative work over the past decade, and maps conservation actions required to ensure a healthy bonefish fishery for the future. Given […]

In such difficult times, it can be nearly impossible to see a silver lining. But during my family’s recent trip to Key West, I was fortunate enough to witness a break in the clouds. Before the pandemic hit, Key West regularly saw as many as three cruise ships every day filled to the brim with […]