Preserving Our Coastal Waters
With Public Education
And Programs
That Reduce Nutrients
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 Oyster Recycling 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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Soon after Governor DeSantis took office in January he promised to establish water task forces on both blue green algae and red tide. In April, the Governor announced the appointments of five expert researchers and leading scientists to the newly established Blue-Green Algae Task Force. The focus of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force is to [...]

Florida is the place where more sea turtles nest than anywhere else in the U.S. Our beaches provide nesting habitat for loggerhead, green and also, less often, leatherback and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. All sea turtles are protected by both Florida and federal laws. It is illegal to touch or disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings [...]

In May we told you about the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University (CSU), who every April forecast how many hurricanes we will have. Many meteorologists consider them to be the most credible and comprehensive forecast out there. In April they released their latest forecast predicting near average activity this year. [...]

Current Conditions The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed in Southwest Florida over the past week. In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations offshore of Hillsborough County, background concentrations in Manatee County, background to low concentrations in and/or offshore of Sarasota County, background concentrations offshore of Lee [...]

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