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Third International Tarpon Forum

Source: (28 April, 2004)
The objective of this forum is to further the cause of research, cooperative management, and conservation of tarpon and bonefish. The goal of this workshop is to bring together widely ranging researchers, managers, and fishermen in an atmosphere of sharing and synthesis. A special effort will be made to understand the role of Mexican researchers, fishery managers and angler groups in the conservation of these shared recreational resources.

* Overview: Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico, an important center of the recreational tarpon and bonefish fishery, is the site of the International Tarpon and Bonefish Forum. The workshop, organized by the scientists and anglers of Tarpon Tomorrow and Bone Fish and Tarpon Unlimited, seeks to coordinate efforts at research and restoration of tarpon and bonefish, and the critical habitat for these species throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and Atlantic. These species support valuable recreational fisheries in the Atlantic from North Carolina to Brazil and Africa, across the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, and in the Pacific Ocean off Panama. Researchers around the world have worked to increase our understanding of the ecology, life history and population dynamics of this important sportfish. This knowledge is leading to an increased awareness of management opportunities which may arise to enhance existing populations and to re-establish tarpon in areas from which fisheries have been lost.

Cooperation between researchers, fishery managers, government agencies and tarpon fishermen brings a spirit of optimism to the conservation and management of tarpon. This workshop is designed to foster this spirit. Researchers from Latin America, the United States and the Caribbean are invited to present their findings, and fishery managers will have the opportunity to hear these reports and to discuss how this knowledge enhances international management strategies.

Location:   Universidad Veracruzana, Veracruz, Mexico
Dates:   May 8-9, 2004
Abstract/Proposal Submission Deadline:   March 1, 2004
Official Language:   English and Spanish
Contact Information:   Ivonne Blandon
Marine Development Center
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
4300 Waldron Road
Corpus Christi, Texas 78418, USA
Tel:+1 361-939-8462

Instituto de Ecología y Pesquería
Universidad Veracruzana
Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico

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Keywords:   Cooperation, Management, Conservation, Tarpoon, Bonefish

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