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

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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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The Mira Lago community in Sarasota was built in 1991 with 183 residences housing a population of approximately 320 residents. The community has four stormwater detention ponds, Crane, Egret, Heron and Spoonbill. In 2017 Mira Lago was hit hard during Hurricane Irma and water quality in their ponds deteriorated significantly. Seeking help, acting President Carol [...]

An April NOAA news release announced a recommendation of $123 million in funding across state and territorial coastal management programs and national estuarine research reserves was announced. The funding will support habitat restoration and conservation, as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. The funding, made possible by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and [...]

Serves 4 Time 25 minutes Ingredients 4 (6.0-ounce) pieces skinless cod or sablefish fillet 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 3 tablespoon melted unsalted butter, divided Juice of 1 lemon 1/4 cup dried white or whole wheat bread crumbs 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives [...]

Current Conditions The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed at background concentrations in one sample from Northwest Florida over the past week. In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was not observed. In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected from Escambia [...]

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 [...]

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