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New START Position

With the expansion of our public educational outreach program and our increasing number of in-water projects that START now administers, we have decided to add a new Program Manager position to our Executive Committee. As with all START officers, it is a volunteer position that would be ideal for a recently retired person who enjoys [...]

Apalachicola Bay is located on the Florida Panhandle near the Big Bend. It is one of the country’s major estuaries. Historically, nearly 90% of Florida’s and 10% of the nation’s wild oysters came from Apalachicola Bay. In recent years it has had its oyster population drastically decline in what some have called a budding ecological [...]

For 35 years scientists have monitored the size of the Gulf of Mexico dead zone or hypoxic zone, which forms every spring. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists are forecasting this summer’s hypoxic area or “dead zone” to be approximately 6,700 square miles, larger than the long-term average measured size of 5,387 square miles [...]

In early July, a new surge of Saharan dust will reach the western and northern Gulf Coast. Some areas could see hazy skies, reduced air quality and vibrant sunrises and sunsets. June’s dust plume brought hazy skies and poor air quality as far north as the Midwest. According to NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory [...]

Safe Boating

With July 4th fast approaching there will be a lot of activity in and on the water. Please follow the below tips on boating to keep our marine wildlife safe. Follow Coast Guard-approved safe boating guidelines, comply with slow speed zone signs and use vigilance to avoid striking sea turtles, manatees and dolphins. Follow 10 [...]

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