Fly Fishing for Coastal Gamefish
I am currently Director of Operations for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, and a Senior Scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory. I am based in southwest Florida. Bonefish & Tarpon Trust is a non-profit, science-based, fishing conservation group that works toward effective conservation of bonefish, tarpon, and permit. BTT's work is guided by our Research Frameworks, which assess the status of knowledge of the biology for each species and the current and anticipated conservation threats, and uses this information to prioritize research, conservation and education needs. This vertically integrated approach allows BTT to foster conservation from bottom to top by supporting research and applying the scientific findings to conservation and education. We collaborate with guides, anglers, lodges, other conservation organizations, and management resource agencies. As Director, I'm involved in every aspect of BTT's work, but we benefit greatly from a great staff and active board. You can learn more about BTT at the organization's web site.
As a Senior Scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory, I am the program manager for the Fisheries Habitat Ecology Program. I conduct and oversee research on coastal fishes. The overall goal of the program is to use theoretical ecology to help frame applied research, and to then use the research findings to improve the way coastal fisheries resources and habitats are managed and conserved. By necessity, this means that we make extra effort to conduct extensive outreach and education, intended to educate user groups, local communities, resource managers, and political leaders about coastal ecosystems. One way in which we do this is to involve recreational anglers in our research so that they learn about how science is conducted, become better educated about the resource, and become better stewards of coastal resources. Most of our ongoing work focuses on recreationally important fish, including common snook, bonefish, permit, and tarpon, as well as habitat restoration.
Below are titles and links to most of my articles that have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read the articles. If you don't have Adobe, you can download it for free here.
Barbour, A.B., R.E. Boucek, and A.J. Adams. In Press. Effect of pulsed gastric lavage on apparent survival of a juvenile fish in a natural system. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. Download pdf file.
Barbour, A.B. and A.J. Adams. 2012. Biologging to examine multiple life
stages of an
estuarine-dependent fish, common snook, Centropomus undecimalis. Marine
Ecology Progress Series. 457:241-250. Download pdf file.
Adams, A.J., J.E. Hill, B.N. Kurth, and A.B. Barbour. 2012. Effects of a thermal disturbance on a subtropical, estuarine-dependent fish. Gulf and Caribbean Research. Download pdf file.
Barbour, A.B., A.J. Adams, T. Yess, D.C. Behringer, and R.K. Wolfe. 2012. Comparison and cost-benefit analysis of PIT tag antennae resighting and seine-net recapture techniques for survival analysis of an estuarine-dependent fish. Fisheries Research. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2012.01.013. Download pdf file.
Barbour, A.B., A.J. Adams, D.C. Behringer, T. Yess, and R.K. Wolfe. 2011. PIT tag antenna arrays as fishery monitoring tools in tropical environments. Proceedings of the 63rd Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. 118-124. Download pdf file.
Boucek, R.E. and A.J. Adams. 2011. Comparison of retention rates for three tag types in common snook, Centropomus undecimalis. N. Am. J. Fish. Manag. Download pdf file.
Adams, A.J., J.E. Hill and C. Samoray. 2011. Characteristics of spawning ground fidelity by a diadromous fish: a multi-year perspective. Env. Biol. Fishes. 92:403-411. Download pdf file.
Mateo, I., E. Durbin, R. Appeldoorn, A. Adams, F. Juanes, D. Durant. 2011. Inferred growth of juvenile French grunts (Haemulon flavolineatum) and schoolmaster (Lutjanus apodus) in mangrove and seagrass habitats. Bull. Mar. Sci. 87(3):339-350. Download pdf file.
Mateo I., E. Durbin, R. Appeldoorn, A. Adams, F. Juanes, R. Kingsley, P. Swart, and D. Durant. 2010. Role of mangroves as nurseries for French grunt Haemulon flavolineatum and schoolmaster Lutjanus apodus assessed by otolith elemental fingerprints. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 402:197-212. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J., R.K. Wolfe, N. Barkowski, D. Overcash. 2009. Fidelity to spawning grounds by a catadromous fish, Centropomus undecimalis. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 389:213-222. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J. and J.P. Ebersole. 2009. Mechanisms affecting recruitment patterns of fish and decapods in tropical marine ecosystems. Chapter 6 In I. Nagelkerken (ed) Ecological linkages among tropical coastal ecosystems. Springer. New York. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J., R.K. Wolfe, C.A. Layman. 2009. Preliminary examination of how human- driven freshwater flow alteration affects trophic ecology of juvenile snook (Centropomus undecimalis) in estuarine creeks. Estuaries and Coasts. 32(4):819-828. Download the pdf file.
Vásquez-Yeomans, L, E. Sosa-Cordero, M.R. Lara, A.J. Adams, and J.A. Cohuo. 2009. Patterns of distribution and abundance of larval Albula spp. (Albulidae) in the western Caribbean and adjacent areas. Ichthyological Research. 56(3):266-275. Download the pdf file.
Danylchuk, A.J., A.J. Adams, S.J. Cooke, and C.D. Suski. 2008. An evaluation of the injury and short-term survival of bonefish (Albula spp) as influenced by a mechanical fish handling device used by recreational anglers. Fisheries Research. 93(1-2):248-252. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J. and R.K. Wolfe. 2007. Occurrence and persistence of non-native Cichlasoma urophthalmus (Family Cichlidae) in estuarine habitats of southwest Florida (USA): environmental controls and movement patterns. Marine and Freshwater Research. 58(10): 921-930. Download the pdf file.
Miller, R.J., A.J. Adams, J.P. Ebersole, E. Ruiz. 2007. Evidence for positive density- dependent effects in recovering Diadema antillarum populations. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 349:215-222. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J., R.K. Wolfe, M.D. Tringali, E. Wallace, and G.T. Kellison. 2007. Rethinking the status of Albula spp. biology in the Caribbean and Western Atlantic. In: J.S. Ault (ed) Biology And Management of the World Tarpon And Bonefish Fisheries. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J. and R.K. Wolfe. 2006. Cannibalism of juveniles by adult Centropomus undecimalis. Gulf of Mexico Science. 24(1/2):11-13. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J., C. Dahlgren, G.T. Kellison, M.S. Kendall, C.A. Layman, J.A. Ley, I. Nagelkerken, J.E. Serafy. 2006. Nursery function of tropical backreef systems. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 318:287-301. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J., R.K. Wolfe, W.E. Pine III, B. Thornton. 2006. Efficacy of PIT tags and an autonomous antenna system to study the juvenile life stage of an estuarine-dependent fish. Estuaries and Coasts. 29(2):311-317. Download the pdf file.
Dahlgren, C., G.T. Kellison, A.J. Adams, B.M. Gillanders, M.S. Kendall, C.A. Layman, J.A. Ley, I. Nagelkerken, J.E. Serafy. 2006. Marine nurseries and effective juvenile habitats: concepts and applications. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 312:291-295. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J., R.K. Wolfe, G.T. Kellison, B.C. Victor. 2006. Patterns of juvenile habitat use and seasonality of settlement by permit, Trachinotus falcatus. Environ. Biol. Fish. 75:209-217. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J. 2005. Fish assemblages associated with an established (> 10 years old) artificial reef and an adjacent natural reef. Proc. 47th Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. 441-457. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J. and D.A. Blewett. 2004. Spatial patterns of estuarine habitat use and temporal patterns in abundance of juvenile permit, Trachinotus falcatus in Charlotte Harbor, Florida. Gulf Carib. Res. 16(2):129-139. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J. and J.P. Ebersole. 2004. Resistance of coral reef fishes of back-reef and lagoon habitats to a hurricane. Bull. Mar. Sci.75(1):101-113. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J. and J.P. Ebersole. 2004. Processes influencing recruitment inferred from distributions of coral reef fishes. Bull. Mar. Sci. 75(2):153-174. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J., J. V. Locascio, B.D. Robbins. 2004. Microhabitat use by a post-settlement stage estuarine fish: evidence from relative abundance and predation among habitats. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 299:17-33. Download the pdf file.
Miller, R.J., A.J. Adams, N.B. Ogden, J.C. Ogden, and J.P. Ebersole. 2003. Diadema antillarum 17 years after mass mortality. Coral Reefs. 22:181-187. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J. and J.P. Ebersole. 2002. Use of back-reef and lagoon habitats by coral reef fishes. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 228:213-226. Download the pdf file.
Adams, A.J. 2001. Effects of a hurricane on two assemblages of coral reef fishes: multiple-year analysis reverses a false ‘snapshot’ interpretation. Bull. Mar. Sci. 69(2): 341-356. Download the pdf file.
Adams. A.J. and W.J. Tobias. 1999. Red mangrove prop-root habitat as a finfish nursery area: a case study of Salt River Bay, St. Croix, USVI. Proc. 46th Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. 22-46. Download the pdf file.
The Fisherman's Coast approach focuses on how coastal gamefish interact with their habitats and prey. The more you know about the gamefish you pursue with a fly rod, the more often you'll be in the right place at the right time with the right fly making the right presentation. It's about catching more fish.
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