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

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion occurred about 40 miles southeast of the Louisiana coast. It is considered to be the largest accidental marine oil spill in the world and the largest environmental disaster in U. S. history. The explosion killed 11 workers and injured 16 others. It caused the Deepwater […]

Florida has a long history of land conservation starting in 1963 when the Land Acquisition Trust Fund was created by the Florida Legislature to fund the Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Program, which would purchase land for parks and recreation areas. In 1968, a $20 million bond program was established to acquire outdoor recreation lands. In […]

Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th. NOAA is predicting a 70 per cent likelihood that it will be a below normal season, 20 percent chance of a near normal season and a 10 percent chance of an above normal season. Scientists warn that even below normal seasons can produce catastrophic impacts to […]

Chilipepper Rockfish with Sprouted Lentils, Spinach and Local Flowers Ingredients (Serves 4) 1 cup sprouted lentils Extra virgin olive oil Local flowers/herbs (radish greens, sorrel, beach spinach) Spinach/Herb Purée 1 quart spinach (raw) 4 whole shallots 3/4 cup grapeseed oil or similar blended oil 4 tablespoons sliced almonds (untoasted) 1 tablespoon chives (chopped) 1 tablespoon […]

Our Scallop Sanctuary Program is off to a great start!  We established 5 scallop sanctuaries around the bay using specially designed cages provided by Sarasota County, with each cage containing 30 young adult scallops.  These cages protect the growing scallops from predators and keep them together, which will be important this Fall when they mature and […]

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background concentrations in one sample collected alongshore of Pinellas County and in one sample collected offshore of Hillsborough County in southwest Florida this week. Additional samples collected throughout Florida did not contain K. brevis. Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

The healing power of the sea has been known for centuries. The Greeks and Chinese in 4500 BC began using the sea as a source of commerce and food. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks investigated the effects of seawater on human health, crediting it with healing powers. As early as the 14th century Eastern cultures […]