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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Wildlife officials say sea turtle nest counts are up on east-central Florida beaches.  In Volusia County, turtles have dug 2,884 nests so far this year, up from 2,356 nests all last year.  In Flagler County, turtles have dug 555 nests so far this year, compared with 444 in 2011. Sea turtle nesting in Manatee and [...]

Researchers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have documented male and female pillar corals spawning together in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.  This is a significant discovery because it was unclear if female pillar corals existed in Florida. Diving off Key Largo, researchers witnessed male pillar coral colonies releasing clouds of milky [...]

An overabundance of seaweed has been washing ashore on both coasts of Florida. Since January, news media in Broward County have reported that 1,000 tons of seaweed has been removed from the shore in Fort Lauderdale.  Beaches on the Gulf Coast especially those in Sarasota, Manatee and Pinellas counties have been affected. Experts call the [...]

Southwest Region: Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not found in samples collected this week from alongshore Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee, and Monroe counties, or along or offshore of Collier County. Three samples collected alongshore of Sarasota County contained K. brevis in concentrations ranging from background to very low.

Sarasota Bay Watch’s Fifth Annual Scallop Search took place on August 11th.  Over 150 volunteers aged 2 – 82, took part in this event on boats ranging from kayaks and motor boats to sail boats.  Ninety–three scallops were counted this year, twelve times the number counted in 2011.  The event was sponsored by the Guy [...]

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