Dr. Jerry Ault Joins Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition Team

April 16, 2014 By: Erin Block

Front Range Anglers has announced that Dr. Jerry Ault will join the upcoming Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition, and help to lead scientific field research and data gathering.

Read more in the press release below. 

Dr. Jerry Ault Joins Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition Team

April – 2014

This coming August, El Pescador Lodge will play host to the Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition led by internationally acclaimed Marine Biologist Dr. Jerry Ault, the master of tarpon fishing, Stu Apte and Chicago Angler/conservationist, Adam Marton.

Dr. Ault’s addition to the leadership team creates a trio of talent that is intended to make this expedition the most comprehensive scientific, educational and recreational tarpon emersion to ever occur.

Ault’s landmark tarpon research methodologies have quickly become the hallmark to follow for scientists, anglers and conservation entities participating in resource management activities around the world. His theories have proven the fact that, in fact, “our fish are – their fish”. Ault joins the expedition to conduct field research, fish, share his scientific findings, talk about the global work of the Tarpon Bonefish Research Center and offer a glimpse of what the future may hold for the Silver king.

Part liquid laboratory, part seminar, part world class fishing trip. Anglers who secure a spot on the roster for this experiential education tarpon immersive will be participating in an amazing experience.

For more information or if you are interested in joining this expedition team please contact:

Adam Marton, Expedition Leader
[email protected]

Steve McLaughlin, Front Range Anglers
[email protected]

Jerald S. Ault, PhD, Professor of Marine Biology & Fisheries

Jerald S. Ault, Ph.D., is a Professor of Marine Biology & Fisheries and Director of the Tarpon & Bonefish Research Center at RSMAS. Ault is an internationally renowned fisheries scientist with expertise on theoretical and applied population dynamics, mathematical modeling, statistical assessment of tropical fishery ecosystems, and decision-making under uncertainty.

Jerry is a Fellow of the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists, and a founding and Executive Board member of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. He is a scientific advisor to NOAA NMFS, the National Park Service, and the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, Caribbean and Western Pacific Fishery Management Councils. His research has been featured on CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, Good Morning America, NBC News with Brian Williams, National Geographic Channel, CNN, CNBC Squawk on the Street, Animal Planet, Outdoor Life Channel, Florida Sportsman TV, PBS Waterways, BBC UK, Voice of America TV, AMHQ with Sam Champion & numerous regional TV news broadcasts; and, in the Miami Herald, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Reuters International and New York Times. He was named Hero of Conservation by Field & Stream Magazine (2006); and, received CCA’s and Tarpon Tomorrow’s Conservation Awards (2008). In 2010 his work was featured on PBS’s Emmy® award-winning “Changing Seas” series.

“I conduct regional fishery-independent field assessment studies on multispecies coral reef fish communities, pink shrimp, bonefish, tarpon, billfishes and tunas that are focused on the biophysical linkages reflected in fish ontogenetic migratory behaviors to better quantify optimal sampling surveys and define underlying empirical mechanisms in population dynamics and spatial grouping. I am also interested in exploring means of taking structure into account in population and community models and building spatially-explicit coupled biological-physical models of coastal ocean ecosystems both to understand the forces driving recruitment variability and to improve resource prediction and the prospects for sustainability.”

The Tarpon and Bonefish Research Center (TBRC) at the University of Miami (UM) is an unparalleled leading international initiative for gathering and sharing scientific knowledge, educational resources and policy development related to the sustainment of marine sport  fisheries and their ecosystems. The unique partnership between UM and the Bonefish Tarpon Trust (BTT) raises awareness across the recreational fishing and scientific communities necessary to promote collaborative efforts which result in, sustainable outcomes for tarpon, bonefish and permit populations.

Research at TBRC is based on an ecosystem-based approach in which spatially dynamic models are designed to study the facets of bonefish, tarpon and permit conservation. Increasing impacts from exploitation pressures, rapid human development and environmental changes in coastal waters suggest that new information on population dynamics and resource ecology is critically needed to support fishery management strategies.