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Our Organization: Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is dedicated to the conservation of bonefish, tarpon and permit—the species, their habitats, and the larger fisheries they support. We pursue this mission through research, conservation, education and advocacy. Our record of accomplishment and ongoing research programs distinguish BTT as a leader in the conservation of these species and […]

Back in 2014, BTT and Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures co-sponsored the first Belize Flats Fishing Summit in Belize City. The Summit brought together more than 40 guides and lodge owners from throughout coastal Belize, from Punta Gorda in the south to San Pedro in the north, and points in between. They came together to discuss […]

Simms Fishing Products, a leading manufacturer of fishing gear and apparel, has become a Silver Sponsor of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s Florida Keys Initiative, which seeks to protect, restore and conserve the Keys’ flats fishery through research and education. “Simms aligns with grassroots organizations that really make a difference,” said Casey Sheahan, Simms’ CEO. “BTT’s […]

In a recent post we announced that Dr. Addiel Perez has joined BTT as the Belize-Mexico Program Coordinator. Although BTT has been conducting research and promoting conservation in Belize for many years, there is an urgent need for a large-scale strategic plan to address the many growing threats to the flats fishery in Belize and […]

To sustain any fishery, we must protect the habitats that the fish we target use throughout their entire lives. These habitats not only include the places where we fish for the adults, but more importantly, the habitats that support the juveniles and sub-adults. For permit in the Keys, you can find abundant newborns (1-3 inches) […]

As the Belize-Mexico Program Coordinator, Dr. Addiel U. Perez will lead BTT’s expansion of conservation efforts in the region. He joins BTT after completing his Ph.D. on bonefish movements and pre-spawning site identification in northern Belize and southern Mexico. You can read previous BTT blog posts about Addiel’s research here and here. Dr. Perez was […]

Project Permit, sponsored by Costa Sunglasses, has reached the major milestone of 150 permit tagged with acoustic transmitters in South Florida since March 2016! BTT scientists are able to track the movement patterns of tagged fish for up to five years, providing important information on habitat use and spawning locations. This information is essential to guide permit […]

Costa Sunglasses has renewed its Platinum Sponsorship of Project Permit, a nearly 10-year project that is improving permit conservation in Florida. Project Permit began in 2010 as a dart-tagging program. The initial goal was to get a handle on overall permit movements in Florida, to answer the question: Are the permit in the Florida Keys […]

On June 18 – 21, Bahamas Initiative Manager Justin Lewis and intern Nina Sanchez represented Bonefish & Tarpon Trust at the second annual Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) and Royal Bahamas Defense Force Marine (RBDF) Conservation Workshop, sponsored by BTT. The workshop, held at the Royal Bahamas Defense Force base in Coral Harbor, featured a combination […]

The state of Florida has created a Blue-Green Algae Task Force to address the many harmful algal blooms that have been occurring around the state. The Task Force is asking for input and ideas. BTT sent in the following statement. The link at the end of the statement lets you provide input as well.   […]