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Bonefish Hatchery

KeysKeeper has initiated discussions with Bonefish and Tarpon Trust to explore the creation and funding of a bonefish hatchery in the Florida Keys.

Much of the science and conceptual work that surround this effort correctly belong to BTT.  The  science of raising bonefish in a hatchery environment is not well known.  BTT is working on that set of problems.  Nonetheless, there are a set of issues that involve the more mundane issues of locating, building and funding an ongoing hatchery.  These issues need to be developed in parallel with the science so that when the science is ready, there is a fully developed, fully financed plan for scale up and implementation.

There are a variety of possible explanations for the decline of  bonefish populations in the Florida Keys.  We could wait for a scientific explanation of the nature of the problem to emerge.  However, there are two explanations for the process of forging ahead with a hatchery.

One advantage of establishing a bonefish  hatchery program is that once we have the ability to introduce viable young bonefish into the environment, we can answer some of the problems by studying their success.  If, for instance, they do not do well, then we can focus on issues of food resources, habitat and the like.  If, on the other hand, they thrive, then the need to understand the issues that surround natural nurseries and their health rise to the fore.

The second, simpler point is that we have waited a long time already and we don’t seem closer to an answer.  The theories multiply and the fish continue to decline.  Depending on the cost, the better path may be to simply pick a model, preferably one that contains a solution, and implement it.  The worst that happens is that you lose your money.  But at least you have tried.

 

 

Tarpon

Bone Fish And Tarpon Regulations

Final Draft rule for Bonefish and Tarpon will be on June 12th.

All interested individuals may speak at workshops or meetings of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Commission) within the guidelines established by the Commission. To ensure the public’s opportunity to be heard and the orderly conduct of the meeting, the Chairman reserves the r…

Final Draft rule for Bonefish and Tarpon will be on June 12th.

 

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A group of anglers reeled in a shortfin mako shark off Southern California.  The shark was caught by anglers that produce reality television shows for the Outdoor Channel.  The shark was measured to be 11 feet long!  The anglers have applied to the International Game Fish Association for a world record.  The shark was 15 years old.  There is controversy as to if the shark should have been released instead of killed.  A creature so big that survived so long has now been killed just for a world record… Read More

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