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

In August 2013, we reported on the public meeting held by the Manatee County Commissioners on the  proposed large mixed use development on Long Bar Pointe on the northeast shore of Sarasota Bay. A number of citizen and environmental organizations issued strong condemnations of the project. Over and above its sheer size and the fact […]

With a grant from START, members of our partner organization, the Sarasota Bay Watch, used a portable Watershed Display to demonstrate the problems caused by excess runoff in our streams, rivers and coastal waters. The event took place at the Fall Family Festival sponsored by the Conservation Foundation of the GulfCoast and Spanish Point. Over […]

The 2014 Cracker Fest hosted by the Sanibel/Captiva Chapter of Solutions to Avoid Red Tide Inc. on The Bait Box property was a huge hit with locals and visitors alike! Not only did SanCap START exceed their fundraising goals, but the enthusiastic atmosphere was punctuated by a deliciously authentic Southwest Florida barbeque provided by the […]

Sarasota Bay Watch is pleased to announce that it has received a 2014/2015 Special Activity License from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.  This permit allows Sarasota Bay Watch to release up to 40 million scallop larvae in Manatee and Sarasota waters.  Adult brood stock  have already been collected from Florida’s pan handle region and are […]

A bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in southwest Florida. Satellite images from early this week produced by the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show patches that extend approximately 50 miles alongshore and up to 35 miles offshore, depending on location, between Collier and Monroe counties. More recent […]

Red tides are caused by an explosive growth and accumulation of certain microscopic algae, predominantly in coastal waters. Some species produce toxins that are among the most potent known to man. The most troublesome species in the Gulf of Mexico is Karenia brevis. K. brevis can kill large numbers of fish and other sea life […]

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 […]