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

Hayley Rutger of Mote Marine Laboratory asked us to share this press release with you as July 4th is fast approaching and there will be a lot of activity in and on the water. Dolphins give birth during late spring and summer, and four dolphin calves have been born so far this year in Sarasota […]

As if our marine life didn’t have enough to deal with from overharvesting, pollution and habitat loss they now face rising ocean temperatures that have them heading for the poles. Climate change is the culprit. Scientists say that movement by species on land and sea is nothing new but climate change has increased the speed […]

Spiced Mahi Mahi Tacos with Salsa Fresca and Chipotle Crema Ingredients (Serves 6) 6 corn tortillas, warmed through 2 avocados, pitted and sliced 1/2 cup shredded green cabbage Mahi Mahi 1 pound mahi mahi, 1-inch thick 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper […]

“Recently Sarasota Bay Watch partnered with Sarasota County and Bay Shellfish Co. to create scallop sanctuaries in Sarasota Bay. Sarasota County has developed, and loaned to SBW, special cages that protect scallops from predators while also keeping them together to increase the chances of successful of spawning in the Fall. Bay Shellfish Co. has been […]

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

START is pleased to report that we have joined the Healthy Earth partnership and its sustainable seafood system entry in the exciting $500,000 Gulf Coast Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to create innovations that will benefit our marine environment and stimulate the economy of our Gulf Coast communities. The Healthy Earth partnership’s objective […]

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking Florida beachgoers and residents, who live along the beach, to be careful and watch out for sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. The nesting season in southwest Florida usually begins in May and goes thru October. Florida is the place where more sea turtles […]