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Bonefish & Tarpon Trust News

September 5, 2017

Click through Kelly Reark’s online gallery and you will find yourself in a South Florida ocean scene: canvas, silk, and fish mounts show bright renditions of turtles, flats fishermen, sea horses, and—of course—bonefish, tarpon, and permit.

Kelly’s Florida roots go back several generations. As a child, she developed an interest in the local wildlife while hunting and...

September 1, 2017

The 4th Annual Hell’s Bay Tarpon Cup Tournament at Cabin Bluff in Woodbine, Georgia, was a major success, raising $6,000 for BTT tarpon research! In this unique fishery, anglers were able to target tarpon from the backwater estuaries to the deep water coastal areas, and had their caught tarpon tagged as part of BTT's Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Project ,...

August 30, 2017

Although BTT doesn't delve into the nuts and bolts of federal fisheries management policy and law, as a science-based conservation organization we know that science must be at the core of good management. Without strong science, effective management is difficult. It's the scientific approach that has helped BTT improve regulations for bonefish, tarpon, and permit in Florida, and contribute to...

August 17, 2017

BTT is pleased to welcome Global Rescue as our newest Silver Partner. We are grateful for our Corporate Sponsors , who support BTT's mission through their financial support, marketing and advocacy.

When you travel, anything can happen. When it does, you need Global Rescue. They are the world’s leading provider of field rescue, medical evacuation, security...

August 16, 2017

Bahamas Initiative Update

August 2017

The goal of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust in the Bahamas is to ensure that the flats fishery remains healthy. To achieve this goal, BTT has been working with guides, lodges, anglers, and many scientific and education collaborators to gather the information needed for effective conservation. This includes:

Identifying bonefish home range...
August 14, 2017

We are searching for people with knowledge of Florida Keys fishing history to help us find locations where bonefish used to spawn. This may help us identify locations where bonefish spawning still occurs. It is possible that bonefish spawn in the general area where commercial kingfishing occurs. We dug out an old article from Sports Illustrated from 1959. The article...

August 7, 2017

Mangrove forests are among the most threatened coastal habitats worldwide, decreasing an estimated 35% globally over the past 50 years, with continuing annual declines of 2%. Some estimates show that Florida has already lost 50% of its mangroves. Ongoing and planned coastal development in Belize, Mexico, The Bahamas, and other locations in the Caribbean pose serious threats to mangroves. All...

July 27, 2017

Bonefish and Tides

Dr. Aaron Adams, BTT Director of Science & Conservation (photos: Justin Lewis, BTT Bahamas Initiative Manager)

At any given time, only 10% of the fishable water harbors bonefish. So figuring out how to eliminate the fishless 90% from your search area is half the battle. Understanding how bonefish use tides to their advantage will...

July 19, 2017

Top scientists who study recreational fisheries recently traveled from around the world for the 8th World Recreational Fisheries Conference , held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The goal of the conference is to share successes and failures in research and management of sustainable fisheries. The BTT science staff attended and presented summaries of our conservation initiatives. JoEllen Wilson, BTT’s...

July 18, 2017

Borrowing a few bonefish now to produce thousands for later. That was our goal when we recently collected bonefish for BTT’s Bonefish Restoration Research Project . In collaboration with Harbor Branch at Florida Atlantic University, we are learning how to breed and raise bonefish in captivity. Once we figure out how to do this, stocking bonefish in the keys...

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