Sustainable Seafood

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?

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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?

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Resources

Are you doing all you can to help preserve our coastal waters? Do you know ways your lifestyle can impact the ocean's water quality? 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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Jason Dearen, of the Associated Press, reports that in the past 12 years, the Navy has used missiles, torpedoes and large guns to sink 109 old U.S. warships off the coasts of California, Hawaii, Florida and other states.  The program called “Sinkex” for sinking exercise, has come under fire from environmentalists for the pollutants it [...]

A team of researchers in the United States and Spain has solved one of the main riddles about red tide blooms by uncovering the specific mechanism that triggers phytoplankton to release their powerful toxins into the environment.  They presented their research in February at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society. The scientists discovered [...]

Although red tide was last seen in Southwest Florida six weeks ago, WZVN-TV is reporting its lasting effects on the coast of Sanibel Island. High concentrations of toxins in the water have caused fauna that would normally eat the algae to disappear. The fauna have also not come back to their normal levels as the [...]

Lori Schwacke, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, announced that 32 dolphins taken from Louisiana’s Barataria Bay were in overall poor health, though she says their studies do not yet definitely tie the illnesses to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  The dolphins, caught in August 2011, were underweight, anemic and [...]

As of March 23, 2012, the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute reports : Karenia Brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in water samples collected this week alongshore of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties or alongshore of the Florida Keys (southern Monroe County). One sample collected each in Lee and Collier [...]