bonefish REproduction

Photo credit: J.Lewis (Bonefish Tarpon Trust)

Photo credit: J.Lewis (Bonefish Tarpon Trust)

Recent declines in Florida's Bonefish populations have elicited concerns among recreational anglers and resource managers. We are studying reproduction in bonefish from the wild and in captivity at FAU Harbor Branch's Aquaculture Park to better inform methods to mitigate these declines and conserve the fishery in the Florida Keys. This work involves research from characterizing spawning behavior of adults to delineation of critical juvenile habitat.

Collaborators: Dr. Paul Wills (FAU-HBOI; PI), Dr. Jon Shenker (FIT; Consultant), Dr. Aaron Adams (BTT)

Funding: National Fish and Wildlife Federation, Bonefish Tarpon Trust