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Two Nations, One Fishery

October 8, 2020

Collaborative research efforts continue between BTT and University of Havana BY CHRIS SANTELLA Political regimes change…and sometimes they don’t. Either way, it doesn’t mean a thing to fish. “Nature does not understand politics,” ventured Dr. Jorge Alberto Angulo-Valdes, a scientist who splits his time between the Center for Marine Research, University of Havana and Eckerd […]

SIMMS, a leading manufacturer of fishing gear and apparel, has renewed its Silver Sponsorship of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s Florida Keys Initiative, which seeks to protect, restore and conserve the Keys’ flats fishery through research and education. “Protecting our fisheries has been a priority for SIMMS since it was founded,” said Casey Sheahan, SIMMS’ CEO. “During […]

Thrive Creative Labs, a full-service outdoors marketing agency based in Oviedo, Florida, has renewed its support of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s conservation mission as a Gold Corporate Sponsor. Founded by Jay and Susan Rieckmann, Thrive has helped to shape the brands of its clients, both locally and across the country, for more than 25 years. […]

We are excited to introduce Parker Mateo Ucan Bertram as our first BTT Youth Ambassador from Mexico! The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Youth Ambassadors Program was created in 2018 and strives to recognize outstanding young leaders in flats fishing and ocean conservation. Nominated by our Belize-Mexico Program Coordinator, Dr. Addiel Perez, our newest Youth Ambassador […]

Tarpon Fishing Survey

September 14, 2020

Have you ever fished for Atlantic tarpon? Want to support the conservation of the Silver King? By completing this survey at http://bit.ly/TarponSurvey your knowledge and opinions will shed light on the health of Atlantic tarpon populations. The insights you share will help guide future science on tarpon, as well as shape how we lobby for […]

On October 6, 2017, BTT’s Belize-Mexico Program Coordinator, Dr. Addiel Perez, tagged a bonefish as part of his study of bonefish movements in the region. This past June, three years later, BTT received a report from an angler who recaptured that same bonefish in front of the Acocote Inn in Xcalak, just one kilometer from […]

Though plastic was only popularized in the last hundred years, we are already seeing the dramatic impact it has on our critical ecosystems and countless species. In fact, it is estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic enter our oceans each year… But what happens to these items over time? BTT selected a few […]

Dead bonefish in sargassum. Photo: Elena M. de la Guardia The new normal throughout the Caribbean, the Florida Keys, and South Florida is large mats of sargassum washing up on shorelines. Research suggests that these extra-large blooms of sargassum are due to a combination of excess nutrients, deforestation, and climate change. There has been a […]

Biscayne Bay is a jewel of our state and the treasured community backyard of Miami. Biscayne Bay generates billions of dollars annually, fueling an active clean water-based economy of real estate, tourism, boating, fishing, sailing, and more. The Bay is a designated Outstanding Florida Water, and hosts the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve, the Bill Sadowski […]

Photo: Nick Castillo The ongoing fish kill in Biscayne Bay should be seen as a warning sign from a system that is unhealthy and continuing to decline. The fish kill has slowly been working its way north, which is a further cause for concern – it’s not confined to one location, but is impacting larger […]