Seafood Savvy

Sustainable Seafood
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

Coral Reefs are essential to millions of plant and animal species in our marine ecosystem.  Over the past three decades, coral reefs in the western Atlantic and the Caribbean have been damaged by diseases, storms and coral predators as well as ocean warming, pollution and ocean acidification.  Warm ocean temperatures have bleached out the coral […]

Florida has about 1.3 million alligators that live in all 67 counties.  They live in wetlands, vital habitats that contribute to their survival.  But alligators also play an important role in keeping their habitats healthy.  They keep the garfish in check saving bass and bream and other game fish.  They help control the number of […]

Recently, law suits were filed in Federal courts in New York, San Francisco and Boston against the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries (both federal agencies) by environmental groups.  They hope to establish a clear standard that better protects the hundreds of aquatic species near the 1,065 power plants in […]

Spiced Mahi Mahi Tacos with Salsa Fresca and Chipotle Crema   This sustainable recipe is from our partner, Monterrey Bay Aquarium.   Ingredients (Serves 6) 6 corn tortillas, warmed through 2 avocados, pitted and sliced 1/2 cup shredded green cabbage Mahi Mahi 1 pound mahi mahi, 1-inch thick 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground […]

All systems are go! Now that Sarasota Bay Watch has its Special Activity License, which permits us to release scallop larvae, from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, as well as $20,000 in community funds raised at this year’s Scallopalooza and a $25,000 grant from Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, we are ready to get […]

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was found in background concentrations in one sample collected alongshore of Lee County and in background to very low concentrations in two samples collected offshore of Monroe County.  Additional samples collected throughout Florida this week did not contain K. Brevis. Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation […]

 In June, John Podesta, President Obama’s counselor on climate change and environmental affairs, announced that the American public can now nominate nationally significant marine and Great Lakes areas as potential new national marine sanctuaries.  The announcement came during his keynote address at Capitol Hill Ocean Week.  He said “we have the opportunity to galvanize people […]