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

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. […]

Studies have linked eating fish with slowing the aging process, lowering the risk of stroke and cardiovascular issues, controlling blood pressure, cutting the risk of rheumatoid arthritis and as a protection from Alzheimer’s disease. The federal government and leading health organizations recommend eating two servings of seafood or 12 ounces each week as part of […]

More than fifty percent of Americans live in coastal counties, where key infrastructure and evacuation routes are increasingly vulnerable to things like higher sea levels, storm surges and flooding. In 2013, Climate Central released a report on sea level rise that showed there was about $156 billion worth of property and 300,000 homes, on 2,120 […]

February winds and weather can’t stop Sarasota Bay Watch volunteers from getting out on the water!  This month a group of professional park rangers and landscape managers bring their expertise to bear on removing invasive and exotic plants from Sister Keys, the largest group of natural waterway islands in Sarasota Bay.  About 5 years ago […]

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in samples analyzed this week throughout Florida. Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

In a recent press release, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) announced the issuing of a report called “National Landmarks at Risk.” The report said that sea level rise, worsening wildfires and floods are putting at risk landmark historic sites around the United States. The report, which was not a peer reviewed study, names 30 […]

In 2015, NASA will launch five airborne field campaigns to study how long range air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires in Africa affect our climate. This effort into several incompletely understood Earth systems is part of NASA’s Earth Venture class projects. It is funded at a total cost of no more than $30 million […]