The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is dedicated to the conservation of saltwater flats species, particularly bonefish, tarpon, and permit, and their habitats. The Trust works to protect and restore fisheries and habitats through science-based support for policy and resource management, particularly through partnerships with universities and institutions and collaboration with governments. The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust educates the fishing community, supports stewardship, and advocates for science-based actions for address to the causes of declining fish populations.
The scientific results from the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s efforts supporting bonefish, tarpon, and permit are critical to informing fisheries management and public outreach and education. The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust conducts research projects and works to improve regulations to conserve and restore habitats to ensure healthy populations of bonefish, tarpon, and permit and associated species.
The Trust recently completed a multi-year Bonefish Genetics Study, indicating the bonefish population across the Caribbean is closely connected. The results of the study underscore the need for conservation and improved fishery management at local and regional scales, transcending political boundaries.
Worked with Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and anglers to implement catch-and-release-only regulations for tarpon and bonefish.
Mapped critical flats fishing areas in the Florida Keys to guide management strategies of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary & Everglades National Park.
Created the first-ever permit-tagging program in Florida, Belize and Mexico, and improved permit fishing regulations in Florida.