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This Event Has Been Postponed Until 2021 Due to Covid

The health and safety of our angling friends is important to Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Due to the spread of Covid-19, and the unprecedented events it has triggered, BTT has postponed or cancelled all of our Spring events. This event has been postponed until 2021.

Both oral presentations and posters will be accepted. When submitting an abstract, please indicate your preference for oral or poster presentation. Preferences for oral presentations will be accommodated subject to space limitations.

Submitting your abstract: Abstracts must be submitted as a Word document attachment by email to aaron@bonefishtarpontrust.org. The subject heading should be: BTT Symposium Abstract – (lead author’s last name)

Abstract Deadline: May 15, 2020.  Notice of acceptance or refusal of abstracts will be given by June 15, 2020.

Abstract Format:  Please use the format below. Please use Courier 12pt font (this makes formatting the Symposium Program much easier). Abstracts should be submitted as Word documents

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Example Abstract:

Emigration of Juvenile Snook and Tarpon from a Mosquito Control Impoundment is enhanced through a Draw-Down of Water Level in summer

Anthony Cianciotto1, Jonathan Shenker1, Aaron Adams2,3, David Heuberger4

1 Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology, 150 West University Boulevard, Melbourne, FL 32901 (acianciott2010@my.fit.edu). 2 Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, 135 San Lorenzo Avenue, Suite 860, Coral Gables, FL 33146; 3 Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Florida Atlantic University, 5600 US-1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946. 4 Indian River Land Trust, 80 Royal Palm Pointe, Suite 301, Vero Beach, FL 32960.

Thousands of acres of marshland in the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) have been impounded for mosquito control. Most of these impoundments are under Rotational Impoundment Management (RIM), in which culverts connecting to the IRL are closed in the summer to control mosquito reproduction, and opened Oct-May to allow water exchange. We conducted a quantitative assessment of the emigration of juvenile snook and tarpon from the Bee Gum Point Nature Preserve impoundment in Vero Beach, Florida. 284 snook and 70 tarpon were marked with passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags and released back into the impoundment. Tag-detecting antennas around the culverts recorded minimal emigration when the culverts were open according to RIM in winter. Tagged juveniles remained trapped after the culverts were closed for the summer, but approached the antenna frequently. We therefore conducted an experimental summer draw down, opening culverts for 2 weeks in July. High rates of emigration were recorded for both juvenile snook and tarpon during the first two incoming tides of the draw down. This indicates that juvenile snook and tarpon are more likely to emigrate from impoundments during summer, when culverts are typically closed. These results suggest that impoundment management may be enhanced by including short term openings of culverts in summer to allow juveniles to emigrate, improving their value as nursery habitats.

Format preference: Oral

Presenter: Anthony Cianciotto

Submitting your abstract: Abstracts must be submitted as a Word document attachment by email to aaron@bonefishtarpontrust.org. The subject heading should be: BTT Symposium Abstract – (lead author’s last name)