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

In early March the Florida House passed a water policy bill, HB7003. The main elements of the bill include the Springs Protection Program, the Central Florida Water Initiative, the Central and Southern Florida Project and the Northern Everglades project. One major objective of this bill is to create an interagency agreement to develop and implement […]

The Coral Triangle is a marine area found between the Pacific and Indian oceans that is 647 million hectares of land and sea. It is located within the territories of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. It is so named for the triangular area of the tropical marine waters of […]

Interested in learning more about seagrass? Join us at the 2015 Sarasota County Seagrass Survey event on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 8:00am – 1:00pm at Ken Thompson Park. The annual Seagrass Survey is a citizen science event that celebrates Sarasota County’s commitment to its water resources and focuses on increasing awareness of the economic […]

Scallop Sanctuaries! Sarasota Bay Watch is teaming up with Sarasota County to create scallop sanctuaries around Sarasota Bay. Sarasota County is providing scallop cages, which will protect juvenile scallops from predators such as rays, crabs and fish. A number of cages will be put out in the water on sea grass beds in various locations. […]

Seared Scallops with Chorizo and Potatoes Ingredients (Serves 6 to 8 as a soft taco filling or tapa) 1 pound red-skin boiling potatoes (about 4 medium), cut into 1/2-inch pieces Salt 1 pound scallops 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil Freshly ground black pepper 12 ounces fresh Mexican chorizo sausage (about 1 1/2 cups), casings […]

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was found in background concentrations in one sample collected alongshore of Charlotte County, one sample collected alongshore of Okaloosa County, one sample collected inshore of Bay County, and in one sample collected inshore of Gulf County. Additional samples collected throughout Florida this week did not contain K. brevis. […]

The Everglades are a natural region of tropical wetlands in the southern portion of Florida. The two million acre wetland ecosystem begins near Orlando with the Kissimmee River and makes it way south to Florida Bay. It provides an important habitat for rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile and the Florida panther. […]