Dead fish in Canals from Red Tide

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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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Are you 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 the next red tide bloom? To find out, check START’s available educational resource materials and links.

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Over the past year Southwest Florida has had to deal with red tide, a harmful algae that has fouled waterways. This bloom has not only severely damaged our marine environment and sea life, but it has ravaged our tourism-based economy with reported lost business from seaside restaurants ranging from 40% to 60%. When you also [...]

The political climate for undertaking long overdue infrastructure improvements that will reduce the nutrients that feed red tide in our waterways is the most favorable in recent memory. We all have to take advantage of it to ensure that encouraging promises are funded and acted upon. For START, this means meeting with leading federal, state [...]

At the beginning of 2019 the Florida Congressional Delegation consisting of U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan, Kathy Castor, Charlie Christ and Francis Rooney, reintroduced the bipartisan Florida Coastal Protection Act, which would make permanent the current moratorium on oil drilling slated to expire in 2022. The moratorium currently in place protects waters up to 235 miles [...]

Current Conditions The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida. Bloom concentrations were detected in Charlotte County only, where “medium” K. brevis concentrations were observed. Background concentrations of K. brevis were also detected in Northwest Florida and on the East Coast of Florida. Over the past week in Southwest Florida, K. brevis was [...]

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