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Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recently tagged 14 tarpon in Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande in three days as part of BTT’s Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Project, sponsored by Maverick Boat Group. These tags transmit acoustic pings to underwater receivers for five years. BTT has receivers strategically placed throughout Charlotte Harbor and […]

Last month BTT kicked off the 2019 Charlotte Harbor leg of the Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Project, sponsored by Maverick Boat Group, with an 84-pound fish and a nearly 150-pound fish caught by BTT scientist JoEllen Wilson with Capts. Edward Glorioso and Chris Fanelli. BTT’s tagging team will be tagging in the Charlotte Harbor/Boca Grande area from […]

Maverick Boat Group has renewed its signature sponsorship of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Project. For every Maverick boat sold, the company will donate a portion of the proceeds to BTT. The Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Project is designed to broaden our understanding of tarpon movement and habitat uses. The results will help shape future […]

To address the decline of Florida’s fisheries, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, the world leader in saltwater flats conservation, is advocating for the inclusion of habitat needs in FWC’s fisheries management plans.BTT calls on anglers, guides and other stakeholders to sign the “Habitat is the Future of Florida Fisheries” petition and to contact the Florida Fish […]

To conserve fish populations and maintain healthy fisheries, it is essential to understand how fish populations are changing over time and any potential threats. We currently lack information on permit in Florida, making the future of this incredible fishery uncertain. If you fish or guide for permit in Florida, please complete our survey on permit […]

Stu Apte and the late Billy Pate have been named inaugural inductees in 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 bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries. A Navy fighter pilot during the Korean conflict, Apte went […]

The 14th Annual Trippe’s Tarpon Tournament (The 3T), held April 24-26, was once again a success, raising $7,000 in support of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Project, which has tagged more than 100 fish to date. Over the years, the tournament has become increasingly focused on conservation and sustainability. Its unique scoring system rewards […]

BTT research conducted in the Bahamas during the recent bonefish spawning season revealed important new information about bonefish reproduction. Click here to read the research report published by the Fisheries Research Foundation.

SUBJECT: License Renewal Application of Turkey Point Nuclear Plant  DATE: April 28, 2019  Bonefish & Tarpon Trust writes to provide comment on the License Renewal Application of Turkey Point Nuclear Plant by FPL. Due to the ongoing environmental impacts caused by the Cooling Canals System, including the degradation of habitats important to our valuable recreational […]

A bill being considered by legislators in Puerto Rico would drastically tilt the scales against all recreational fishing, but especially flats fishing, in favor of commercial harvest within the region. BTT joins with its partner in Puerto Rico—the non-profit organization Fishing, Beaches and Environment (Pesca, Playa y Ambiente)—in opposing the proposed legislation. You can learn […]