BTT and University of Miami Collaborate for Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit Research
Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and the University of Miami have joined together to raise funds for flats angling’s “Big Three.” This partnership will fund the Tarpon and Bonefish Research Center, with a fundraising goal of $35 million to support research to understand, protect, and restore fisheries. Learn more about the collaboration. [...]
Snook, suffering from serious population loss after an extremely cold Florida winter in 2010, have yet to show signs of recovery. Although lots of catches have been unusually big fish - bigger than 25 inches, smaller fish (18 to 22 inches) that would have spawned in 2010 or 2011 are missing. As a result, some anglers are petitioning the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to stop the reopening of snook harvesting in September of this year.
Some anglers, reluctant to see any kind of closure no matter the end fate, argue that cold snap snook kills have happened before and populations recovered quickly (1979). However, missing from their argument is the staggering lose of snook habitat from 1979 to date and that more people are fishing – putting more pressure on fisheries. [...]
July 15 – 18, 2012: The Del Brown Permit Tournament, Key West, Florida (www.delbrown.com)