In 2016, our friends over at the Bonefish and Tarpon trust partnered with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute to create the Bonefish Restoration Research Project (BRRP). The BRRP’s primary goal is to pioneer a method for spawning and rearing bonefish and tarpon in captivity as a means to help restore flats fisheries in the Florida Keys as well as to gain insight into bonefish and tarpon populations worldwide.
Last week, the BRRP reached a huge milestone by successfully inducing spawning in wild bonefish; a first for the species. The finding confirms that it is possible to get bonefish to spawn in captivity which scientists believe could eventually provide enough fish to help replenish the declining bonefish population in the Florida Keys.
Scientists also believe that the opportunity to observe bonefish larva in captivity will offer insight into important characteristics connected with the dispersal of bonefish larva in the wild as well.
To read the full report, be sure to stop by the BTT blog and give it a read by clicking right here.