Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

BTT isn’t just talking about the need to protect saltwater fisheries. We are scientists, anglers, guides, manufacturers, lodge and shop owners, and outfitters who are taking action today to conserve and restore our flats fisheries.

 

How do we do it?

• BTT conducts scientific research on the habitats, life cycles and behavior of tarpon, bonefish and permit.

• Educates the public on best fishing practices. 

• Uses scientific data to develop and advocate for conservation action that protects species and their habitats. 
• Partners with resource managers and concerned anglers and guides to ensure the best possible management strategies.  
 
Together we have…
 
• Worked with Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and anglers to implement catch-and-release-only rules for tarpon
and bonefish.

• Created the first-ever permit-tagging program in Florida, Belize and Mexico, and improved permit fishing rules in Florida.

• Conducted bonefish studies in Florida, the Bahamas, Mexico, Belize and Cuba that are being used to develop habitat and fisheries protections.

• Assisted in establishing six nationally protected bonefish conservation zones in the Bahamas.

• Launched a collaborative Juvenile Tarpon Habitat Initiative to identify, protect and restore juvenile tarpon habitat.

• Mapped critical flats fishing areas in the Florida Keys that are helping to guide management strategies of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Everglades National Park.

• Completed comprehensive tarpon and bonefish genetic studies, which will better guide our conservation of the fishery.

• Launched the largest study ever undertaken in bonefish reproductive science—a project designed to develop new tools for bonefish restoration.

• Launched the “Fix Our Water” campaign to inform and engage anglers in Florida’s ongoing water management crisis.

• Worked with the state of Florida and governments of other countries  throughout the Caribbean to protect multi-billion dollar recreational fisheries.