Recent tarpon tagging studies have been the subject of a statement from the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust ( BTTW ).
Since our infancy, BTT has concentrated on studying the factors that each living stage of bonefish, tarpon, and permit requires in order to produce good populations. This is why reports that are locating bonefish Pre-Spawning Aggregation locations and working to protect those locations have received so much attention and money. We are the country’s officials in analysis, conservation, and habitat restoration for adolescent tarpons because of this. The Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Project was developed by BTT in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and it was completely funded over the course of five years. We use this knowledge to conserve and manage our kinds because we are aware of the needs of each stage of its life.
A significant knowledge gap regarding tarpon journeys has been filled by the most recent findings of the multi-year job. Tarpon can migrate over great distances, from Key West to Virginia, according to earlier findings from this and earlier jobs. This knowledge has already been used to support conservation methods that BTT supported, such as the declaration of tarpon as a catch-and-release just in North Carolina.
Mature tarpon journeys to and from Florida divided the population into two sub-groups, according to the most recent data from the Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Project. During the spawning period, two tarpon subgroups mix in the Florida Keys and migrate along the eastern US beach and the Mississippi Delta, respectively. ( Preliminary findings from a different study imply that west of the Mississippi Delta is home to the third subgroup. ) These findings highlight the importance of water quality and wildlife management along these migratory routes and further support BTT’s efforts to develop a local plan for tarpon management. In other words, since every fish from Florida to Virginia shares the same percentage of the total tarpon population, both regional and local conservation needs ( such as getting catch-and-release laws enacted in all states ) should be taken into consideration.
According to BTT’s Director of Science and Conservation, Dr. Aaron Adams,” Our academic focus on comprehending the life cycle wants of our types, coupled with our engagement with guides and anglers, makes us unique in the protection world.”
To find out more about the most recent findings from this significant review, click here.