Sustainable Seafood

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?

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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?

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Are you doing all you can to help preserve our coastal waters? Do you know ways your lifestyle can impact the ocean's water quality? 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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The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was present in Southwest Florida over the past week. In Southwest Florida, K. brevis was observed at very low to low concentrations in three samples collected from Pinellas County, background to low concentrations in seven samples collected from Manatee County, background concentrations in three samples collected from Sarasota [...]

In 2016, there was an outbreak of red tide in Sarasota and Manatee counties. It caused thousands of dead fish to wash ashore on beaches in those counties, harming the Suncoast environment and economy. At that time U.S. Congressman Vern Buchanan said Congress should help address the red tide outbreak with additional funding. This September [...]

It has been a record year for dolphin calves in Sarasota waters, according to the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP), a Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) program in collaboration with Mote Marine Laboratory. According to a Mote news release, nineteen bottlenose dolphin caves have been documented during this year’s calving season. Calving season peaks during late [...]

Recently the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a groundbreaking public private partnership between Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen and NOAA’s Pacific Marine environmental Laboratory. They are working together to deploy a large array of new deep ocean floats to expand ocean observations in a key area of the western South Atlantic Ocean. The [...]