Florida legislative leaders have inspired new hope for Everglades restoration with the introduction of Senate and House bills to expedite the acquisition of 60,000 acres of land in the EAA south of Lake Okeechobee for a reservoir to store, clean and convey water to the Everglades and Florida Bay. Bonefish & Tarpon Trust applauds Senator Rob Bradley and Senate President Joe Negron for their leadership in advancing Senate Bill 10, and Representative Thad Altman for introducing the companion House Bill 761.
Voice your support at btt.org/fixourwater
The election is over and the draining of Lake Okeechobee is stopping for now, but this is not the time for complacency. We need to press on and continue demanding solutions that will prevent these types of environmental catastrophes from ever happening again in the future. It is our responsibility to the state of Florida, our environment and the generations that come after us.
Here's what we've learned about permit so far through our tagging program. It's pretty fascinating stuff.
Set in the verdant hills above the Caribbean coast of southern Belize, Belcampo is a sanctuary from the everyday world. The definition of agritourism-chic: a Jungle Lodge, organic farm and a 12,000-acre nature reserve, Belcampo Belize offers the best in local food and culture, saltwater fly-fishing, active adventures, wildlife viewing and world-class hospitality. Whether you want to catch a permit on fly or spend time hiking, bird-watching, kayaking, horseback riding or learning to make chocolate on Belcampo's farm, there is truly something for everyone here.
BTT expanded its acoustic tagging efforts to South Carolina this past week. Check out the blog to learn more about the trip and why we're tagging.
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An avid angler recounts a troubling trip to fish Florida Bay. Will the state of Florida do what is needed to restore the water and fisheries for the future?
Practicing proper catch and release is an important part of being a good steward of the flats fisheries. How you handle fish in a catch and release fishery has an impact, and can make a difference in whether a fish survives or not post-release. Just because a fish swims away from the boat doesn't mean they are in the clear!
Read on for some great tips based primarily on our research on bonefish, which can also be applied to tarpon, permit and other flats species.
The Bahamas is known as one of top destinations in the world to target bonefish, with Andros - the largest of the Bahamian islands - being the most famous of them all for bonefishing. BTT has done extensive work studying bonefish and their habitats in South Andros and Mangrove Cay, and recently decided it was time to begin work in North Andros.
Since 2008, The Bahamas has been a participant in The Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI), working to protect 20 percent of the Bahamian marine environment. The Bahamas National Protected Areas System (BNPAS) currently protects approximately 10 percent of the country’s 200 meter marine shelf habitat. Important bonefish habitat, such as spawning aggregation sites, juvenile habitat, and home ranges, make up a significant portion of the current areas that are currently protected. Participants in a recent workshop worked to plan the increased protection for critical marine habitat.
A proposed development of Blackadore Caye by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and developer Delos will have potentially grave consequences for the flats fishery, and will set a dangerous precedent, as that area is part of the protected Hol Chan marine preserve. If the Belize government allows it to push forward, where will they draw the line?
BTT and University of Massachusetts Amherst concluded a successful research trip collecting non-lethal blood samples from bonefish in Miami’s backyard, beautiful Biscayne Bay. A total of 25 blood samples were collected from Miami to North Key Largo in a mere five days thanks to the expertise of Captains Carl Ball, Martin Carranza, and Mo Estevez. We even collected a record 18 bonefish in one day with Captain Carl Ball - talk about a great day of bonefishing! Read on to find out what we're learning from these blood samples!
BTT's KEEP 'EM WET® contest runs through December 15, 2016! The contest is sponsored by Orvis in partnership with Keep 'Em Wet Fishing, YETI Coolers, ARC Fishing, Montauk Tackle and Fishpond.
In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of proper fish handling for catch and release fisheries, we want your best bonefish, tarpon and permit #keepemwet photos! The more creative, the better. Our favorite shots will be featured in the March issue of the BTT journal, with the winner earning a possible journal cover, along with lots of other great prizes. Read on to learn how to enter!