Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Calls For Habitat Info

Anyone who fishes for tarpon should be interested in a Bonefish & Tarpon Trust program that seeks info on juvenile tarpon habitat and, logically, the protection of those critical areas. Why? Because if we don’t have juvenile tarpon we won’t have the mega-beasts either. This could be a fun way to  spend a day on the salt while contributing valued info for the preservation of the fishery. Here’s the dirt:

We need your help to identify juvenile tarpon habitats in your area.  BTT has begun mapping juvenile tarpon habitat to 1) determine the habitat characteristics that are best for juvenile tarpon and 2) protect healthy habitats and identify other areas for habitat restoration.  BTT has already been involved with three juvenile habitat restoration projects and we will use this data to expand the restoration and protection effort.  

If you are aware of any locations that hold juvenile tarpon that are 12 inches long or less, please contact JoEllen Wilson at jwilson@bonefishtarpontrust.org.  You will be asked for an exact location to better assess the habitat characteristics for that spot.  Don’t worry, all information is strictly confidential and WILL NOT be disseminated to the public in any way.
Loss and degradation of juvenile habitat is the single biggest threat to tarpon populations worldwide, and they have been classified as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, meaning there has been at least a 30 percent decrease in the population in the recent past.  Protecting and restoring critical juvenile habitat is the best way to preserve tarpon populations for the future. More at Bonefish & Tarpon Trust
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