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.
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In 2009, John Dabiri, a Caltech professor of aeronautics and bioengineering, and a colleague found that jellyfish can actually move water over distances greater than their body length just by swimming. This he said “was the first hint that animals could transport water over distances much longer than their body size.” The scientist next wondered […]

The Everglades Foundation is dedicated to protecting and restoring America’s Everglades through the advancement of scientifically sound and achievable solutions. They hope to restore the Everglades and the surrounding estuaries to a natural state that allows clean water to flow, while providing a reliable water supply for the people of Florida. It is not surprising […]

Broiled Sockeye Salmon with Citrus Glaze This sustainable seafood recipe is from our partner, Monterrey Bay Aquarium. Ingredients (Serves 4 to 6) 1 side of skin-on sockeye salmon, 1 1/2 to 2 pounds, pin bones removed 1/3 cup dark brown sugar 2 tablespoons lemon zest 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black […]

Sarasota Bay Watch has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF). The conservation grant recognizes Sarasota Bay Watch’s efforts to restore scallops to our local bays and waterways. Sarasota Bay Watch President Jeff Birnbach says, “This generous support from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund underscores the importance of protecting and […]

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, has been detected offshore of the Sanibel Island area (Lee County). Recent satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show that patches extend approximately 40 miles alongshore and up to 20 miles offshore. Karenia brevis was also detected this […]

Beginning September 1st, the recreational harvest season for Florida’s game fish snook, opened statewide. Snook are very popular with recreational anglers due to their mild flavor and strong fighting spirit. Permits and recreational fishing licenses are required and the fish may be caught using hook and line only. There is a one-fish-per-person, per-day bag limit, […]

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 […]