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

The following organizations are members of START’s Water Quality Coalition:

The Barrier Island League, The Chiles Restaurant Group, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Florida Food and water Watch, Hands Along the water, Now Or Neverglades, Progressive Water Resources, Inc, Sarasota Bay Watch, Sarasota League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, START and the Suncoast waterkeepers.

Contact Us for a list of the pending water quality bills in the Florida Legislature and the legislators who are reviewing them.


START Volunteers

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

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.

More About Our Resources

Headline News

In December, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced in a press release, that they with partners were launching “Mission: Iconic Reefs”, a groundbreaking Florida Key Coral Reef restoration effort. The project, calls for restoring nearly three million square feet of the Florida Reef Tract, about the size of 52 football fields, one of the [...]

Start’s new Red Tide & You PowerPoint presentation has been attracting new audiences from Manatee County to Englewood. The presentation has been seen by service clubs like the Kiwanis Club on Longboat Key and the Rotary Club in Sarasota and neighborhood groups like Village Walk and Glenridge in Palmer Ranch. The people who have seen [...]

Servings: 8 Total Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1 lb spaghetti pasta 1 lemon, for juice 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped 1 (10-oz) container scampi finishing sauce 2 cups lobster meat (or cooked salad shrimp) 2 (8-oz) containers crab meat 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper Steps Bring a [...]

Current Conditions The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed at background concentrations in one sample from Southwest Florida over the past week. Additional details are provided below. In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in Sarasota County. In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was [...]

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