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Official Status of BP Settlement Means Conservation Can Finally Roll On

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A few signatures kick off the next phase of oil spill recovery that could revive long-term habitat health in the Gulf BP and a federal judge have finally made it official—the historic settlement between the states, the federal government, and BP has been signed. Now, the Gulf of Mexico’s fish, wildlife, and habitat—not to mention […]

Louisiana’s Plan to Combat Wetlands Loss Brings Mississippi River Sediment Back Home

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The top minds in wetlands ecology, hydrology, and geology from across the world have spent half a century investigating Louisiana’s unprecedented, catastrophic coastal land loss. And, after poring through volumes of data, comparing maps, and examining soil content, tides, wind, subsidence, rising sea levels, and numerous other factors, the one question nearly all of these […]

Protecting Bristol Bay

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By Chris Wood I just returned from fishing in Bristol Bay. One of the rivers I fished (and where I caught 30-inch native rainbow trout), Upper Talarik Creek, would be inundated and ruined by the proposed Pebble Mine. On the heels of that experience, it was disappointing to see the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal cover the release of a […]

The Bridge Broken by Katrina, Reborn as a Habitat-Boosting Fish Highway

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After a summer of commemoration and ten-year-anniversary reports, South Louisiana residents may be ready to put the incomparable damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina behind them. Coincidentally, though they may not have known it, Louisiana anglers hooking into redfish and bass on the shorelines of Lake Borgne have had the repurposed remains of Katrina’s destruction under […]

Juvenile Tarpon Showing Up In Coastal South Carolina

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The boys are back in town! The first crop of 2015 juvenile tarpon has now reached South Carolina shores! These little guys started showing up in tidal marsh pools near Georgetown during sampling sessions by Bonefish and Tarpon Trust collaborators at University of South Carolina, which indicates that juvenile and larval tarpon are recruiting in mid-summer […]

BTT’s Abaco Bonefish Genetics Trip – Summer 2015

Last year BTT, in collaboration with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), initiated a three year genetics study looking at the connectivity of bonefish populations in the Caribbean and Western Atlantic. Determining the connectivity of bonefish populations is vital to improve conservation and fisheries management efforts for the species. Genetic samples are collected […]

To Sustain Terrebonne’s Fishing and Hunting Heaven, Louisiana is Moving Water and Earth

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The marshes, lakes, and bays of western Terrebonne Parish are extraordinary places to fish. A late-April trip I took to the fresh and brackish marshes near Lost Lake produced constant action on chunky bass, bluegills, and crappies from the edges of the endless grass beds. Bream-baited jug lines caught a dozen fat blue and channel […]

Sculpting With Sand: How Oil Spill Penalties Are Bringing Back Vanishing Dunes and Beaches

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Countless anglers leaving from Grand Isle and Port Fourchon in the late-spring and summer venture to Elmer’s Island, and the adjacent Fourchon Beach, each year in search of speckled trout, redfish, flounder, and the occasional drag-screaming jack crevalle. Others go there simply to put out crab lines and enjoy a relaxing day of beachcombing and […]