Bost moored off the coast of Florida
START Educates the public about Red Tide and our Coastal Waters
Oyster shell recycling
Nutrients in the Waterway
Fish kill from Red TIde
Preserving Our Coastal Waters
Preserving Our Coastal Waters
With Education
With Public Education
And Programs
And Programs
Nutrients in the Waterway
That Reduce Nutrients
That Feed Red Tide
That Feed Red Tide
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What Does START Do?

What does START do to help reduce excess nutrients in our waterways? START has a three-pronged approach to help reduce excess nutrients including the Gulf Coast Recycle and Renewal Program (GCORR) and clam seeding program.

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Dead fish in Canals from Red Tide

Let’s Do More

Join START, other organizations and concerned citizens to form a grass roots coalition to ensure that our federal, State and local policy makers take action to keep unwanted nutrients that feed red tide out of our waterways. To help, contact us now.

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Doing all you can to help preserve our coastal waters? Do you know how your lifestyle can impact the ocean's water quality? Do you know what to do when we have a red tide bloom? Learn more with START’s available educational resource materials.

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Many of the waterways in the Sarasota Bay Watershed continue to be challenged by climate change, hurricanes and the inflow of excess nutrients from stormwater runoff that damages seagrass beds and feeds red tide and other harmful algal blooms. Now you can personally help improve our waterways by participating in the Giving Challenge that will [...]

Like many communities, VillageWalk in Sarasota suffered some major tree damage during hurricane Ian. The damage was particularly severe along Camminare Drive where over 100 trees and shrubs were lost. This is a critical section of the community as the tree canopy and shrubs provided both cover from an unsightly aging wall bordering I-75 and [...]

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has asked us to share the following information they put out in a press release. Sea turtles are starting to nest on our beaches. Residents and visitors can play a big part in helping to protect vulnerable nesting sea turtles this spring and summer while visiting Florida’s [...]

10-20 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients 4 ct Salmon Burgers 7 oz Thin Sliced Cheese 8 oz Tartar Sauce Soft Golden Hamburger Buns Directions STOVE TOP: (preferred method): Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil* in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Turn heat down to medium, place burgers in pan and cook for 8-10 minutes, turning once [...]

Current Conditions The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed at background concentrations in two samples collected from Southwest Florida over the past week. In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in two samples collected from and offshore of Sarasota County In Northwest Florida over the past week, [...]

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