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June 7, 2018

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Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is a science-based non-profit organization, whose mission is to conserve and restore bonefish, tarpon, and permit fisheries and habitats through research, conservation, education and advocacy.

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June 7, 2018

BTT kicked off the Charlotte Harbor leg of the 2018 Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Project last month with a 91-pound fish caught near Little Gasparilla Island. This tarpon was caught by a husband and wife team from Pennsylvania on Capt. Chuck Jenks' boat. After a short fight, the tarpon (believed to be male) was released in great condition. ​Special...

June 5, 2018

From left: Greg Fay (BTT Board Member), Cory Deal (BTT Events Coordinator), Dr. Ross Boucek (BTT Florida Keys Initiative Manager), Garrett Gordy (Co-Founder of Gordy & Sons Outfitters), Andy Mill (Former Olympian and Professional Angler), Mark Rehbein, (BTT Director of Development)

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and Gordy & Sons Outfitters are pleased to announce the launch...

June 1, 2018

BTT's permit tracking project , a collaboration with Carleton University, reached a major milestone yesterday, with over 100 permit tagged with acoustic transmitters since March 2016! We are learning a lot about permit movement patterns and the data have already influenced permit harvest regulations, such as the expansion of the permit harvest season closure in the Special Permit Zone...

May 18, 2018

As I crept along a mangrove-fringed shoreline in shin-deep water, I could barely make out the tips of a bonefish tail and dorsal fin in the pre-dawn light. The fish slowly searched the shallows for food, occasionally tipping on a found morsel, its entire tail exposed. I cast the fly to land on the exposed sand, and slowly crept the...

May 14, 2018

Shelby Berger might be the busiest fourteen-year-old out there. In addition to participating in competitive tennis, diving, and lacrosse, she fills her time with guitar, singing, theater, scuba diving, and spearfishing for lionfish—to name a few. She and her father, Dan Berger, somehow still find a way to build their repertoire of skills—and stories—as anglers:

My dad...

May 4, 2018

Photos courtesy of Andrew O'Neil. Above: Tournament Sponsor Spencer Trippe releases a tagged tarpon.

The 12th Annual Trippe Invitational Tarpon Tournament, held the week of April 10, was once again a success. In addition to many fish jumped and caught, the tournament continued its focus on conservation. Funds raised at the tournament are being applied to the...

May 3, 2018

FIU fish ecologist Jennifer Rehage (center) poses with Dr. Ross Boucek (Bonefish Tarpon & Trust), and colleagues at the University of Havana in Las Salinas, Cuba, one of the Caribbean’s most prominent fishing sites. Photo by Richard Kern.

Anglers in South Florida are catching fewer bonefish. FIU scientists believe answers could be found in Cuba.

Bonefish eggs...

April 19, 2018

It’s more than fishing; it’s about the planet itself. – Stevie Kim-Rubell

A Conversation with Stevie Kim-Rubell, BTT’s First Youth Ambassador

More than 200 people crowded into BTT’s Micro Film Festival, sponsored by Nautilus Reels, at last fall’s 6th International Science Symposium. A large and impressive field of contestants was vying for awards in...

April 19, 2018

Photos courtesy of Richard Kerns from Odyssey Earth

At the beginning of April, scientists, business professionals, and policy-makers from across the globe gathered in Havana at the third International Workshop of Fish, Pollution, and the Environment to discuss sustainable development and the use of marine resources in Cuba. Cuban leaders invited Bonefish & Tarpon Trust to the...