Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) is a prominent conservation organization committed to the protection and restoration of bonefish, tarpon, and permit fisheries and their habitats. Founded in 1997, BTT has undertaken extensive research, stewardship, education, and advocacy efforts to ensure the vitality of these vital species and the ecosystems they inhabit throughout the Western Hemisphere. Their work encompasses diverse projects, including genetic studies, satellite tagging, and habitat restoration initiatives, all aimed at gathering crucial data for informed fisheries management.
BTT has played a pivotal role in enhancing conservation regulations, such as implementing catch-and-release-only rules for tarpon and bonefish in Florida, and collaborating with governmental agencies and angler communities to safeguard these cherished fish populations. They’ve also shed light on the biology and behaviors of these species, from bonefish spawning patterns to tarpon migrations. Furthermore, BTT’s economic studies have underscored the immense value of flats fisheries, influencing policy decisions and emphasizing the importance of their preservation. Through research, education, and advocacy, BTT strives to ensure the longevity of these iconic game fish and the flourishing habitats they rely on.