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.
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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 […]

On July 18th, the Obama administration announced opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration for the first time in decades. This clears the way for an offshore oil boom stretching from Delaware to Florida where billions of barrels of oil are thought to be locked underground. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management […]

Sarasota Bay Watch hosted its 4th Annual Scallopalooza to raise funds for scallop restoration in Sarasota Bay. The event was again a sell-out affair with over 180 people attending. Guest Speaker and local historian John McCarthy regaled the audience with tales of scallops and life in early Sarasota. Each table had a 1000 ml beaker […]

A large offshore bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, has been detected this month in the northeast Gulf of Mexico. Satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida showed a patchy bloom at least 20 miles offshore between Dixie and northern Pinellas counties in northwest and southwest […]

On July 25, 2014, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported that a bloom of red tide was confirmed in samples collected offshore of Hernando County. Citizens had been calling FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline to report observations of thousands of dead and dying bottom dwelling reef fish, including grouper, hogfish, white grunt, triggerfish […]

Down through the century’s seashell collecting has played an important role in our global culture. Explorers traveling to Africa found natives using shells being exchanged as money instead of gold and silver. Seashells have been used for basins, tubs, buckets, lamps and cutting tools by native people. More recently collecting shells has become a reminder […]

On June 25, 2014, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released its 24th annual report card and named the top 35 superstar beaches in the United States and Coquina Beach was one of them. The report called “Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches,” collects and analyzes the latest water testing […]