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Oil previously buried along Gulf Coast beaches was revealed by waves from Hurricane Isaac. It was crude oil that wasn’t cleaned up after the BP spill in 2010. As the water receded tar balls and oil were reported in Alabama and Louisiana and closed a thirteen mile stretch of beach in Louisiana. BP still has [...]

A recent item by New York Times blogger Emma Bryce on the Yangtze River in China changing color from brown to a reddish orange caused a reader to write in and describe what she saw as a spate of red tide events around the world and inquired about the cause. While the Yangtze River color [...]

This one-of-a-kind event returns to The Bait Box on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2012. The Sanibel-Captiva chapter of Solutions to Avoid Red Tide, Inc. (START) is busily preparing for our fourth annual affair, featuring a grand evening of dining, dancing to the music of a live band, and enjoying the extraordinary good company of friends and family [...]

Mote Marine scientist and START’s Executive Board Member, Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, has been elected  the co-chair of the National Harmful Algal Bloom Committee.  The NHC brings together authorities from research organizations, government agencies, communities and other groups to focus on harmful algal blooms while raising national-level awareness of bloom related issues. Barbara was elected by [...]

Environmental groups have launched a petition drive for a constitutional amendment that would earmark $10 billion in state funds over 20 years for conservation programs.  As an amendment, it would cement funding formulas for land purchases and conservation efforts that lawmakers could not change without voter approval. At issue is money for the state’s Land [...]

Wildlife officials say sea turtle nest counts are up on east-central Florida beaches.  In Volusia County, turtles have dug 2,884 nests so far this year, up from 2,356 nests all last year.  In Flagler County, turtles have dug 555 nests so far this year, compared with 444 in 2011. Sea turtle nesting in Manatee and [...]