For the very first time, fishery scientists, fish ecologists and conservationists came together to jointly produce an assessment of the threats facing recreationally and economically important coastal fishes.
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ll species of tarpons, ladyfishes and bonefishes (marine species found globally in warm-water seas) have been assessed for The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species™. Of the 17 known species, two, Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) and Roundjaw Bonefish (Albula glossodonta), are classified as Vulnerable. One species, Bonefish (Albula vulpes) is listed as Near Threatened. Three species are listed as Least Concern and 11 are classified as Data Deficient.
This is the first time that fishery scientists, fish ecologists, and conservationists have come together to jointly produce an assessment of the threats facing these recreationally and economically important coastal fishes.
“Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) has long championed research and conservation of bonefish, tarpon and their habitats as a means to protect healthy fisheries, restore fisheries that have declined, and ensure healthy fisheries for the future,” says Dr Aaron Adams, Executive Director of the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, and lead author of the paper. “BTT is pleased that the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) hosted the expert group to conduct this global review, which will greatly assist research and conservation efforts, and bring these species the attention they deserve.” Read More […]