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Chase Burroughs Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is pleased to welcome Chase Burroughs to the BTT Youth Ambassador Program. BTT’s first Youth Ambassador from Texas, Chase Burroughs lives in Houston, where he was introduced to fishing by his parents at a young age. He regularly fishes in his “backyard” of Galveston Bay and has also taken trips […]

Dr. Addiel Perez (far left), Steve Trippe (third from left) and the 2023 tournament participants. The 2023 edition of the 3T Tarpon Tournament, founded by Steve Trippe, was held in Holbox, Mexico, and raised more $10,000 for BTT’s Mexico-Belize Initiative! Anglers fished out of Alejandro Vega’s Holbox Tarpon Club, enjoying great weather and spectacular fishing […]

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust supported historic funding and multiple bills during Florida’s 2023 legislative session to improve water quality and fish habitat along the state’s coasts and estuaries. BTT is grateful to President Passidomo, and Senators Broxon and Brodeur as well as Speaker Renner and Representatives Leek and Altman for their support. We also thank […]

Dan Berger has been elected Vice Chair of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Board of Directors. Berger has served on the BTT board since 2017 and chairs the Policy and Government Affairs Committee. “Dan has contributed significantly to BTT’s exponential growth and development over recent years,” said BTT President and CEO Jim McDuffie. “His impact […]

When a member received an emergency pacemaker during a deep-sea fishing trip in Costa Rica, Global Rescue deployed a paramedic to provide a medical escort from hospital bedside to the member’s home country hospital of choice.  An international trip combining tropical adventures at sea as well as rest and relaxation in a paradise setting is […]

The recently discovered bonefish PSA in the Florida Keys. Photo: Ian Wilson-Navarro Bonefish & Tarpon Trust scientists have successfully located and documented a bonefish pre-spawning aggregation (PSA) in the Florida Keys. The discovery is the first of its kind in Florida waters and the culmination of a years-long search that utilized acoustic telemetry and the historical […]

Photo: Greg Dini Anglers and fishing guides are an essential source of knowledge when it comes to assessing the health of fish populations and identifying threats to their sustainability. By spending a significant amount of time on the water, they have a wealth of knowledge that can be used to better understand the state of […]

Photo: Pat Ford The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently released its draft approach to update fisheries regulations for common snook in Florida and is currently accepting public comment and recommendations. Bonefish & Tarpon Trust supports FWC’s proposed addition of regional management that will be updated regularly using a suite of metrics. However, BTT is […]

Photo: Pat Ford A year-long study by Florida International University (FIU) and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) has discovered pharmaceutical contaminants in the blood and other tissues of redfish in Florida waters. This research follows a similar study of bonefish in the Florida Keys, which revealed high levels of pharmaceutical contamination. This new study shows that these […]

A school of permit at Western Dry Rocks. Photo: Dr. Ben Binder Catching a permit on fly in the Florida Keys is widely regarded as one of the most difficult challenges in the sport. Unfortunately, the Keys permit face many stresses, including aggregation overfishing, habitat loss on the flats and reef, water quality declines, increasing […]

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