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 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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It didn’t take long after last month’s announcement of the Healthy Pond Collaborative moving to Manatee County for a number of communities to contact us about help with their ponds. One of the first to reach out to the HPC Manatee was Fresh Meadows, a community in Palmetto built back in 1990-1993 consisting of 156 [...]

The strong popular response to the growing number of microforest projects in communities from Parrish to Venice continues to present more opportunities for the replacement of inefficient turf grass with high-performance microforests to help improve the quality of our local waterways. Microforests absorb much more stormwater and filter more excess nutrients than turf grass. In [...]

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced in a press release a Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that allocates nearly $3 billion of funding over 5 years to NOAA. U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo announced funding opportunities to address the climate crisis and strengthen coastal resilience and infrastructure. Targeted investments will be in the [...]

Current Conditions The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed at background concentrations in one sample offshore of Florida’s East Coast over the past week. Additional details are provided below. In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was not observed. In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was not observed. Along [...]

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