START and the Covid-19 Virus

We want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who donated to START in the recent Giving Partner Challenge. Your support helps us fund our programs and activities that help reduce the excess nutrients in our local waterways that feed red tide and other harmful algal blooms.

Unfortunately, since the Covid-19 crisis entered our lives, START’s funding from the community has declined significantly. As a result, if you didn’t have a chance to participate in the Giving Partner Challenge, please visit and donate today. We especially appeal for support from our many online visitors who receive our E-Newsletter free of charge every month.

Your donation will help fund our award-winning Gulf Coast Oyster Recycle and Renewal Program (GCORR) that last year kept over 60 tons of oyster shell from restaurant diners out of our landfills as garbage and used it instead to build new oyster reefs that filter excess nutrients from our waterways and protect our shorelines from erosion. Your support also supports funding for clam seeding in Sarasota Bay and our introduction of under dock mini reefs for Suncoast waterside residents that filter over 30,000 gallons of seawater a day.

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