Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Jim McDuffie

President & CEO

Jim McDuffie has served as President and CEO of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust since 2015. During this time, BTT has experienced significant growth in its research and conservation programs across the organization’s geography in the United States and internationally, from the Bahamas and Cuba west to Belize and Mexico. A 35-year veteran of non-profit management, Jim previously served in a variety of leadership roles for The Nature Conservancy in Florida, North Carolina and Maryland/DC. His tenure with the organization also included fellowships in Palau, where he consulted with the Palau International Coral Reef Center in Koror, and in Australia, where he collaborated with multiple conservation partners in the Asia-Pacific region on strategies for building financially viable organizations. A native of North Carolina, Jim grew up in the longleaf pine forests of the Sandhills, where from an early age he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He added fly-fishing to those passions 25 years ago, beginning on Western trout streams and ultimately landing on the saltwater flats of Florida. Jim received the BA and MA degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Sportfishing Policy and on the Policy Council of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. He is a past board member of the Florida Ocean Alliance and a former Executive Committee member of the Now or Neverglades coalition.