Bonefish & Tarpon Trust News

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 […]

New York Times bestselling author, Monte Burke, a longtime friend of BTT as well as a regular contributor to the Bonefish & Tarpon Journal and a member of the BTT Editorial Board, has written a new book about the glory days of tarpon fishing and the anglers who relentlessly pursued the world-record fish on fly. […]

Photo: Justin Lewis Mangroves make up a critical ecosystem found in tropical and subtropical regions. They are vital not only to marine species, but also to society, as mangroves prevent coastal erosion and blunt the damaging winds of hurricanes and tropical storms. In fact, according to recent studies, just 330 square feet of mangroves can […]