A new report just published lays out the status of bonefish and tarpon.
For the first time, all species of tarpons, ladyfishes and bonefishes – marine species found globally in warm-water seas – have been assessed for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Of the 17 known species, two, Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) and Roundjaw Bonefish (Albula glossodonta) are classified as Vulnerable. One species, Bonefish (Albula vulpes) is listed as Near Threatened, three species are listed as Least Concern and 11 are classified as Data Deficient.
I’m surprised to see our pal Albula Vulpes listed as Near Threatened. I know there are less of them than there once were and I suppose things like habitat loss and development, as well as pollution and rising acidity and sea levels will take a toll on the Grey Ghost.
Certainly, we, as anglers need to pay attention to what is happening and do what we can.