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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Mini Reef Special Sales Promotion

START is launching a Special Sales Promotion on under dock mini reefs for waterside residents on the Sun Coast. The units fit under your dock and provide habitat for sea life that filter excess nutrients from the water and attract a wide variety of fish as shown in the above picture taken at the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant on Longboat Key.


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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

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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In February, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet announced the approval of two Florida Forever land acquisitions. One of them was the Orange Hammock Ranch. This property has long been on the radar of environmentalists and was identified by Sarasota County in 1998 as a critical natural protection area. Sarasota County and Southwest Florida [...]

Total Time: 25 minutes Ingredients Aluminum foil 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 1/2 cup shelled pistachios, finely chopped Zest/juice of 1 lemon, divided 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs 4 (6-oz) firm, white fish fillets (swordfish or halibut), thawed 2 tablespoons capers, drained 1/2 cup white wine Prep – Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet [...]

Current Conditions The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed in two Southwest Florida samples and one Northwest Florida sample over the past week. Additional details are provided below. Please note: We are continuing to process samples, but are experiencing a reduction in sampling by FWRI staff and partners. In Southwest Florida over the past [...]

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