The Florida Keys are recognized as the birthplace of flats fishing and the center of the universe for modern flats-fishing aficionados.
By Dr. Aaron Adams
Although still a world-class destination for flats fishing,the Keys habitats and fisheries are not being cared for as they should. Water flowing from the Florida Everglades, for example, is highly altered and contains a slew of nutrients and contaminants. Furthermore, the when, where, and how much of fresh water flows from the Everglades is greatly altered from its natural pattern. These changes, in turn, impact the habitats of the Florida Keys, which in turn affect the fisheries. The same challenges affect fisheries around the US and indeed around the world, but the importance of the Keys internationally to flats fishing makes this an especially important fight.
As is always the case, BTT will work closely with Florida Keys guides to chart the course of this initiative as well as to help complete the research to ensure that our advocacy will be effective for protection of the Big Three.
NOTE: Aaron Adams is the Director of Operations for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, and a Senior Scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory > www.tarbone.org