(Photo Credit: Dr. Aaron Adams)
(Photo Credit: Dr. Aaron Adams)

The Solution

In order to conserve and restore the Florida Keys’ famous bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries, we need to continue to change management and conservation strategies to fix the causes of the fish population declines. Already, BTT worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to make bonefish a catch-and-release species in Florida, improve tarpon catch and release regulations, and make the Florida Keys a Special Permit Zone with strict regulations. Now much more needs to be done to fix the causes of water quality declines and habitat die-offs. Even as BTT pushes for these important changes to management, we continue to conduct research to provide more information that will further improve management of Florida’s precious coastal resources.

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