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

It began in December 2013, when 51 pilot whales were found stranded in Everglades National Park. Seven were found dead and four were euthanized. Eleven of the pod swam 70 miles and died leaving 29 unaccounted for.  About a month later, 8 pilot whales were reported dead near Lover’s Key and two days later 25 […]

In January, the Governor of Florida announced a $130 million investment to continue work on restoring the Everglades and South Florida’s ecosystem.  In a news release, Scott said that the 2014 budget request “will fund critical projects that will improve water quality for families and businesses that rely on these natural treasures.  These dollars will […]

Sarasota Bay Watch’s art exhibit “Gulf Coast Heritage: At the Intersection of Art and Local History” says goodbye to the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and moves to downtown Sarasota.  The exhibit will be hosted by the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program for the month of March in the lovely Federal Building.  The exhibit then moves […]

Scallops with Tomatoes, Corn and Paprika on Quick Polenta This sustainable seafood recipe is from our partner, Monterrey Bay Aquarium. Wild-caught sea scallops from the U.S. Atlantic are on the Seafood Watch yellow, “Good Alternatives” list. The majority of farmed scallops worldwide are a “Best Choices” because the way they’re raised presents few threats to […]

Red Tide Status – Florida Southwest Coast Present Status: Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background concentrations in one sample collected alongshore of Sarasota County. Other samples analyzed this week from southwest Florida did not contain K. brevis. Red Tide Status – Florida East Coast  Present Status: Karenia brevis, the Florida […]

In the October 2013 issue of START’s e-newsletter we wrote about the problems the Apalachicola Bay oyster industry were experiencing. One of the country’s major estuaries and the cradle of Florida’s prized oyster industry has had its oyster population drastically decline in what some are calling a budding ecological disaster. The near collapse of the […]

During 2013 a total of 829 manatee deaths were documented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). This was the highest number recorded since scientists began keeping records in the 1970’s and amounts to 16% of the manatee population in Florida. A third of these deaths (276) were due to red tide. Manatees are […]