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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Last month we reported that START’s  Chairman, Sandy Gilbert, was one of several keynote speakers at a press conference held in Sarasota to protest legislation aimed at weakening fertilizer restrictions.  We are pleased to announce the legislation was defeated by a majority of senators on the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee.  This was due in [...]

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP) is a common form of seafood poisoning, affecting tens of thousands of people worldwide.  Potentially at risk are people who consume reef dwelling fish such as black grouper, amberjack, snapper, barracuda, hogfish and triggerfish. One of the reasons so many are afflicted with CFP is that there are no simple screening methods, [...]

The Fish & Wildlife Research Institute reports the following data done with water samples collected on February 17, 2012. Southwest Region: Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in water samples collected this week alongshore of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Collier counties or alongshore and offshore of northern Monroe County. [...]

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled on February 18, 2012, in Tallahassee that specific limits on sewage, manure and fertilizer contamination in state waters must take effect March 6, 2012. These pollutants feed algae blooms on lakes and streams.  The bloom can cause health problems in humans and wildlife. The Judge’s ruling upholds limits set [...]

Dona Bay, located in southern Sarasota County, is a source of beauty and recreation. It is an estuary where fresh and salt water meet and provide a habitat for fish, shellfish and wildlife. Before 1916, the watershed for Dona Bay was 16 square miles. It is now more than five times its original size. Over [...]