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The future of our oceans is in the hands of the next generation of anglers and conservationists. The BTT Youth Ambassador Program was created to recognize outstanding young leaders in flats fishing and conservation. The program has grown in the last months, welcoming six new ambassadors, and we are excited to introduce them to you!  […]

Give Miami Day – South Florida’s biggest annual day for charitable giving –  is Thursday, November 18! We are counting on your support to sustain our conservation work in South Florida and the Keys. These efforts focus on restoring and conserving habitats that benefit fish and wildlife while providing coastal resilience for local communities. BTT also […]

BTT member and Texas-based journalist Chester Moore Bonefish & Tarpon Trust member and wildlife journalist Chester Moore won first place for “Radio Talk Show” category in the Press Club of Southeast Texas Excellence In Media Awards. The winning program was an interview with Dr. Aaron Adams, BTT’s Director of Science & Conservation, on bonefish conservation […]

Conch Harbour, Long Island. Photo: Justin Lewis BTT is pleased to report that The Bahamas is poised to significantly expand coastal habitat protections, which include important bonefish habitats. The Government recently designated 40 new marine protected areas encompassing over 5.2 million acres of marine habitats. This is considered the final step in an ambitious program, the […]

Kellie Ralston has been appointed Vice President for Conservation and Public Policy at Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT), an international conservation organization based in Miami, Florida. “We are excited to welcome Kellie to our team,” said BTT President and CEO Jim McDuffie. “Her knowledge, experience and leadership will have an immediate impact on BTT’s efforts […]

To us, a dream fly fishing day includes any day you can get out on the water. But if we can be picky, the perfect dream fly fishing day includes enjoying a day on the water with a breath of crisp cool air among breathtaking jagged mountain ranges with an unlimited amount of tugging on […]

A permit sculpture in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Photo: Dr. Addiel Perez The economic value of the flats fishery has proven to be an effective conservation tool. Economic studies in Florida, The Bahamas, and Belize have provided leverage for improved conservation measures, such as habitat protections, catch-and-release-only regulations, and spawning season closures. Dr. Addiel Perez, BTT’s […]

A juvenile tarpon in Southwest Florida. Photo: John Rohan Florida’s coastal shorelines are changing daily with development, nutrient runoff and altered waterflows, impacting sensitive tarpon nursery habitats. Juvenile tarpon (12” and under) rely on tidal mangrove creeks and other backcountry habitats that are not sufficiently protected. To prevent the further decline of Florida’s tarpon fishery, a […]

A Florida Keys bonefish tagged and released. Photo: Ian Wilson Bonefish & Tarpon Trust scientists are utilizing the latest technology and the historical knowledge of veteran guides to locate important bonefish spawning sites in the Florida Keys. Finding these nearshore areas where bonefish school by the thousands before migrating offshore to spawn in deep water […]

Photo: Andrew Luedke BTT’s International Science Symposium and Flats Expo was created to bring together internationally recognized marine scientists, resource managers, fishing guides, anglers, and educators to share information and learn from one another in order to advance flat fishery conservation. The mix of attendees and diversity of presentations and expert panels is unique and […]

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