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.
Headline News

A joint state-federal project thought to be the largest, most ambitious river restoration project ever attempted in the world has been stalled. Government officials and environmental groups are advocating for restarting the project. A history lesson on what has happened to the Kissimmee River will help explain why this project is so important. The River once […]

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that roughly 90% of all seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported. A new study in the journal Marine Policy found that as much as a third of that is caught illegally or without proper documentation. IUU fishing (illegal, unreported and unregulated) also known as pirate fishing captures everyone from […]

Sarasota Bay Watch hosted its 6th Annual Sister Keys Cleanup on May 17th. Volunteers joined together to remove trash from the island, pick flotsam out of the mangroves around the islands and for the first time this year, pull up invasive plants from inland portions of the islands. Go to the Suncoast News/ABC7 website for […]

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

In our June 2013 newsletter we featured an article on a sensor, known as an Environmental Sample Processor (ESP), described as a garbage can size canister that was launched in the ocean waters off southern Maine to collect and transmit data about toxin producing algae blooms, known as red tides. The sensors contained a pint […]

At the end of February the World Ocean Summit held a three day conference in Half Moon Bay, California.  It was attended by hundreds of representatives of governments, environmental groups, academic institutions and corporations. They came together to discuss solutions to international ocean governance, sustainable use of a shared resource and what role business can […]

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its partners are working together on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA).  Part of NRDA’s charge is to evaluate the long term impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on dolphins in the Gulf. One of the studies, conducted in August 2011, focused on dolphins in Barataria Bay […]