Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

The new named research center at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science will be a first-of-its-kind international resource

When it comes to solving a problem as critical as the collapse of the premier sportfisheries of Florida and surrounding regions, two heads are better than one. The ability to pool knowledge, intellectual acumen, and resources for maximum success is the foundation for a new partnership between the University of Miami and the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.

A generous commitment from the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust will help create the Tarpon and Bonefish Research Center at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, directed by Professor Jerald Ault. A first-of-its-kind international resource, the center will gather scientific knowledge, serve as an information clearinghouse, and contribute to policy decisions that will help build and protect sustainable ecosystems for bonefish, tarpon, permit, and other vulnerable sportfish species.

Bonefish, tarpon, and permit sportfisheries have an annual economic impact of billions of dollars in the Gulf of Mexico, southeastern United States, and Caribbean. Sportfishing accounts for 80,000 jobs in Florida and is 14 times more valuable to the state than commercial fishing. Overfishing, degradation of habitats, loss of prey, and other environmental threats have placed the sportfishing industry in jeopardy. Through the Tarpon and Bonefish Research Center, the University of Miami and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust aim to develop a science-based management framework for sportfisheries that will ensure the long-term sustainability of essential fish stocks.

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The Tarpon and Bonefish Research Center at the Rosenstiel School seeks to help build and protect sustainable ecosystems for bonefish (above), tarpon, permit, and other vulnerable sportfish species.