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

In our June 2013 newsletter we featured an article on a sensor, known as an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP), described as a garbage can size canister that was launched in the ocean waters off southern Maine to collect and transmit data about toxin producing algae blooms, known as red tides. The sensors contained a pint […]

At the end of February the World Ocean Summit held a three day conference in Half Moon Bay, California.  It was attended by hundreds of representatives of governments, environmental groups, academic institutions and corporations. They came together to discuss solutions to international ocean governance, sustainable use of a shared resource and what role business can […]

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its partners are working together on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA).  Part of NRDA’s charge is to evaluate the long term impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on dolphins in the Gulf. One of the studies, conducted in August 2011, focused on dolphins in Barataria Bay […]

This year the Sanibel-Captiva chapter of START will continue its work to improve local water quality through partnerships with regional authorities to minimize the impacts of runoff and nitrification.  The chapter also has plans to institute a new wastewater awareness and management program, and to resume Seafood Savvy, the program that was founded in 2009 […]

Sarasota Bay Watch released its first batch of 2014 scallop in early March, thanks to a donation of 2000 juvenile scallops from the Bay Shellfish Company. These scallops (shown) were grown at the Bay Shellfish Co. hatchery from a spawn in October 2013! They will be full sized adults in late summer 2014. SBW also […]

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background concentrations in two water samples collected in Sarasota Bay (Sarasota County). Other samples collected throughout Florida this week did not contain K. brevis. Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The Indian River Lagoon stretches across 40% of Florida’s east coast and is 156 miles in length.  It stretches from the Ponce de Leon Inlet in Volusia County to Jupiter Inlet in Palm Beach County.  It consists of three lagoons: Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and the Indian River. The Lagoon is one of 28 National […]