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Last month we reported that START’s  Chairman, Sandy Gilbert, was one of several keynote speakers at a press conference held in Sarasota to protest legislation aimed at weakening fertilizer restrictions.  We are pleased to announce the legislation was defeated by a majority of senators on the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee.  This was due in [...]

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) is a common form of seafood poisoning, affecting tens of thousands of people worldwide.  Potentially at risk are people who consume reef dwelling fish such as black grouper, amberjack, snapper, barracuda, hogfish and triggerfish. One of the reasons so many are afflicted with CFP is that there are no simple screening methods, [...]

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled on February 18, 2012, in Tallahassee that specific limits on sewage, manure and fertilizer contamination in state waters must take effect March 6, 2012. These pollutants feed algae blooms on lakes and streams.  The bloom can cause health problems in humans and wildlife. The Judge’s ruling upholds limits set [...]

Improvements to Dona Bay Watershed

Dona Bay, located in southern Sarasota County, is a source of beauty and recreation. It is an estuary where fresh and salt water meet and provide a habitat for fish, shellfish and wildlife. Before 1916, the watershed for Dona Bay was 16 square miles. It is now more than five times its original size. Over [...]

Sea Turtle Feeding Hotspots

A study published recently in the journal Biological Conservation used satellites to track threatened loggerhead sea turtles. Researchers with Mote Marine Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Florida, first tagged the turtles from nesting areas on Casey Key, the Dry Tortugas and Cape San Blas. The female’s migrations were then tracked. A [...]

START Supports Clean Water Policy

Joining with Sarasota County Commissioner John Thaxton, the Sierra Club and other concerned environmental organizations, Sandy Gilbert, START’s Chairman, spoke at a press conference in Sarasota on January 23 to appeal to state representatives on the Community and Military Affairs Committee to vote “No” on House Bill 421. The bill would exempt commercial fertilizer applicators [...]

Nearly two years after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, a report has been published by the National Academy of Sciences.  The study  led by Thomas Ryerson, a research chemist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, found that surface slick from the spill accounted for only about fifteen percent of the total release.  Thirty six [...]