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Dolphins Show Health Problems

Lori Schwacke, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, announced that 32 dolphins taken from Louisiana’s Barataria Bay were in overall poor health, though she says their studies do not yet definitely tie the illnesses to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  The dolphins, caught in August 2011, were underweight, anemic and [...]

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 [...]