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The February 2010 newsletter from the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust.

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Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Newsletter

February 2010



In This Issue

Flats Pirate Member Level

January Sweepstakes Winner

Tarpon Economic Study

Everglades Impacts

BTT at Pleasanton, CA Fly Fishing Show

Traveling Angler Scientist Trips

Meet the Board: Russ Fisher


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About Bonefish & Tarpon Trust


BTT is a non-profit, science-based conservation organization dedicated to ensuring that existing bonefish, tarpon, and permit populations, and the fisheries they support, remain healthy, while working to restore fisheries that have declined. Join here 


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Key Largo, Florida 33037


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The biological research that is so much the focus of BTT's efforts is of major importance, but is not the only piece of the puzzle. Also important is to determine the economic value of the fisheries we support. This is another arrow in the quiver in BTT's efforts to maintain healthy fisheries into the future and improve fisheries in decline. You will find two important economic stories below - one on a just-completed study, another on a study about to begin.

$151 million dollars. That's quite a figure. That's the direct economic impact of fishing for tarpon and bonefish in the Everglades region. And that was during 2009 - an obvious economic down time. This is one of the results of a study recently completed by BTT scientists, and provides ammunition for BTT in our quest for more attention to bonefish, tarpon, and permit research and conservation. You can read the full study below.

But we're not stopping there. Once again with the help of the Everglades Foundation, BTT scientists will be conducting a study on the economic value of the tarpon fishery in the Caloosahatchee-Charlotte Harbor area of southwest Florida. If you fish for tarpon in this region, please help out by participating in the study.

As always, thanks for supporting BTT's mission.

Tight lines,

Aaron Adams, Ph.D.
Operations Director


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Announcing a new level of BTT Membership

BTT is proud to announce a new level of membership - the Flats Pirate, at $250. The incentive for this level of membership is a copy of the Pirates of the Flats DVD. Learn how to become a Flats Pirate.


January Sweepstakes Winner
Congratulations to Bruce Edmonds from Virginia who was Bonefish & Tarpon Trust's first monthly sweepstakes winner.  Bruce won a Tibor Everglades QC 9.5 weight fly reel with capacity of 200 yards 20lb. micron WF8F.  Thank you to Tibor for donating the first prize.  February's winner will receive a TFO Saltwater Rod and the Grand Prize is a Hell's Bay Flats Boat. 
Enter the sweepstakes here.


Guides and Anglers: Participate in the Tarpon Economic Impact Study
BTT was recently awarded a grant from the Everglades Foundation to study the revenue generated from the tarpon fishery in the Charlotte Harbor region. All guides and anglers who fish in the area from Estero Bay to Boca Grande, including the Caloosahatchee River and Charlotte Harbor, are asked to participate. The more people who participate in the survey, the more accurate the information we will gather. Determining the economic value of the fishery will be extremely useful for conservation - for issues like habitat protection and water flows.
Click to find out how you can participate.


BTT Partnering to Learn Fishing Impact in the Everglades
BTT partnered with the Everglades Foundation to conduct a study of the economic impact of recreational fishing within the Everglades Region ranging from the northern watershed of Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay and the Florida Keys. The study included both freshwater and saltwater fishing activity and focused on angling for bonefish, tarpon and other species over a 12-month period.
Click here for the full story.


BTT at Pleasanton, CA Fly Fishing Show
BTT Member Bjorn Stromsness has volunteered to man the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust booth at the Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton, CA.  The show will run from February 26-28 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.  Val Atkinson, co-star of Pirates of the Flats, will be making an appearance at the booth in support of BTT. 
Click here for show details.


Traveling Angler Scientist Trips
The Traveling Angler program is a way for members to enjoy a fish-filled vacation while simultaneously supporting BTT research efforts.  Because we often get requests from members about how they can become involved in research, we are expanding our Traveling Angler program by increasing the number of scientists who are available to join the Traveling Angler trips.  We now have 5 scientists who, as their schedule allows, are available to accompany anglers on a trip. 
View bios of the Traveling Angler Scientists.


Meet the Board: Russ Fisher
Our newest installment of Meet the Board interviews features BTT Vice Charmain Russ Fisher.
Read Russ's interview.



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