Seafood Savvy

Seafood Savvy
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

It is that time of year again. Dead zones formed between the spring and summer in both the Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists began studying this phenomenon in the 1970’s and are still trying to control it. According to NOAA, hypoxic zones are areas in the ocean of such low oxygen concentration […]

Anyone with a computer today can get online and use Google Street View to go on a sightseeing tour of the U.S. and most parts of the world. A new venture has taken that idea of mapping and applied it to underwater imagery of coral reefs. It has already been used in the Caribbean and […]

Mark your calendars for Cracker Fest 2014! This one-of-a-kind event returns to The Bait Box on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014. START’s Sanibel Captiva Chapter is busily preparing for our sixth annual gathering. We are planning a grand evening of dining in the company of friends and family, instructed line dancing lessons, as well as dancing […]

After releasing 26 million scallop larvae last year (and 54 million total to date), Sarasota Bay Watch is geared up and ready for the 2014 scallop restoration season. In early August SBW raised $20,000 from the community at our 4th Annual Scallopalooza, hosted again by the Sarasota Yacht Club. We had live scallops on every […]

A patchy bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, continues in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show a surface bloom starting approximately 5 to 35 miles offshore, dependent on location, between Franklin and Citrus counties, and less than 3 miles […]

Plastics were invented in the 1800’s but its mass production began in the 1950’s and has since taken off around the globe. While it is possible to recycle most types of plastic, it is estimated that only about 25% of plastics are recycled worldwide.  A great deal of the plastic ends up in our oceans, […]

Shark Week originally premiered on the Discovery Channel on July 17, 1988. It is broadcast in either July or August, annually. It is the longest running cable television programming event in history and is broadcast in 72 countries. During 2014 Shark Week, this pop phenomenon scored the highest ratings in its 27 year history. There […]