Seafood Savvy

Seafood Savvy
The world’s expanding population’s continual search for healthy protein from seafood has led to overfishing of many of the most popular kinds of fish. In fact over 90% of many of the larger ocean fish like Blue Fin Tuna are already gone. Find out what can you do about it?

Coastal Classroom

Coastal Classroom
How much do you know about our marine environment and how it affects your everyday life? Did you know that mangroves, the coastal trees that can live in salt water, drop their leaves that create nutrients that help sustain nurseries for all kinds of fish and small sea creatures?


Are you doing all you can to help preserve our coastal waters? Do you know ways your lifestyle can impact the water quality in the ocean? Do you know what to do when we have the next red tide bloom? To find out, check START’s available educational resource materials and related links.
Headline News

The Bradenton Herald reports that Congress has just authorized $82 million for new research aimed at controlling HABs or Harmful Algae Blooms. Florida Senator Bill Nelson sponsored the bill and the Senate agreed on June 17th to support a House amendment to the bill which is now headed to President Obama for approval. The legislation […]

Scientists are worried about how quickly the lionfish have colonized and spread over such a large area. Invasive species like the lionfish cost the U.S. billions of dollars per year in damages, losses and measures to control them. Their native range is the South Pacific and the Indian Oceans.  The first lionfish was reported in South Florida waters in […]

Sea walls have existed for thousands of years. They are built to prevent tides and waves from eroding our shoreline while protecting our communities from flooding. They are generally constructed of boulders, concrete, steel, vinyl, wood, and aluminum, fiberglass composite and biodegradable sand bags. They are expensive and require maintenance and replacement. They are at […]

Cord Grass: The First Step In Shoreline Restoration Check out the new sign at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens! It’s all about shoreline restoration, promoting mangrove colonization and the importance of the intertidal zone to the health of our bays. Sarasota Bay Watch partnered with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and START to create a sign highlighting the cord grass […]

Ginger-Scented Tilapia with Sugar Snaps This sustainable seafood recipe is from our partner, Monterrey Bay Aquarium. Ingredients • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce • 1 1/2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar • 1 1/4 pound tilapia fillets, cut into 2×1-inch pieces • Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground pepper • […]

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background concentrations in two samples collected this week from inshore waters of Manatee and Sarasota counties. Additional samples collected throughout Florida this week did not contain K. brevis. Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking Florida beachgoers and residents, who live along the beach, to be careful and watch out for sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. The nesting season in southwest Florida usually begins in May and goes thru October. Florida is the place where more sea turtles nest […]