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Bonefish & Tarpon Trust News

Guides and an angler search for permit in Xcalak, MX. Photo: Patrick Williams The economic value of the flats fishery is often an important driver of conservation for resource managers, policymakers, and those who make a living from fishing. For this reason, BTT has commissioned economic impact assessments for flats fisheries across the Caribbean Basin. […]

Red tide typically begins in offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico and moves inshore as the algae bloom grows. But every once in a while red tide blooms occur inshore with no known connection to an offshore bloom. This is what is currently happening in Charlotte Harbor, where red tide sampling data show no […]

Following a successful collaboration in February 2020, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust has teamed up again with Miami-based apparel company Jigalode on a limited edition tech shirt and cap that aligns with the annual spring migration of permit to Western Dry Rocks, the most important permit spawning site in the Lower Keys. “We’re excited to partner again […]

An aerial view of a large ridge of drift algae in the IRL, April 2021. PC: Mitch Roffer By Aaron Adams, Ph.D., BTT Director of Science and Conservation Last month I shared my dismay at seeing the poor state of Charlotte Harbor when I towed my skiff over there for work and fishing. The post […]

Canals in SW Florida during restoration. These canals are home to juvenile tarpon and snook. Photo: SWFWMD Part 1: Juvenile Habitat Restoration Habitat restoration is often defined as repairing damage to habitats, usually damage caused by humans. The goal is to bring back natural ecological function to the habitats for the benefit of the species that […]

We are thrilled to unveil the eagerly awaited Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Florida license plate, featuring the art of Derek DeYoung! Orders for plates are being accepted now and will be produced as soon as we have sold 3,000 vouchers at a cost of $33 each ($25 will directly benefit Bonefish & Tarpon Trust). If you […]

Originally postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19, the 7th International Symposium will take place November 12-13, 2021, at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, FL. This notice serves as the first call for abstracts for science presentations. Please share this email with colleagues who may be interested in participating. The overall goal of BTT Symposia […]

Capt. Bob Branham poles across a flat in Biscayne Bay. Photo: Carlton Ward Captain Bob Branham and the late Captain Bill Curtis will be inducted April 22 into the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Circle of Honor, which recognizes legendary anglers, fishing guides and conservation leaders who have made significant contributions to the conservation of the […]

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 […]