Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Redfish Pharmaceutical Contaminants Study

A recently completed study by Florida International University and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust found that redfish sampled throughout Florida’s estuaries are contaminated with pharmaceuticals. Given the importance of redfish to the $13.9 billion recreational fishery in Florida, and the negative impacts of pharmaceuticals on fish, this is an urgent concern. This research follows a prior study that discovered pharmaceutical contaminants in 100% of bonefish sampled from Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys, and shows that pharmaceutical contamination is a statewide issue. Click the link below to download a summary of the study’s results.