Preserving Our Coastal Waters
With Public Education
And Programs
That Reduce Nutrients
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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In 2000, Congress passed a multibillion dollar Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. In 2010, one of the Plan’s funded projects began construction on the Spreader Canal, one of a dozen initiatives that aimed to restore the natural flow of freshwater through the Everglades into the ailing Florida Bay. The project’s official dedication was recently marked with [...]

In early October, State and local officials identified a large patch of red tide that appeared to stretch from inshore southern Sarasota County to offshore Collier County, centered off Charlotte Harbor and stretching southeast toward Collier. It has now extended from Collier through Sarasota County with patches in Manatee and Pinellas County. The bloom is [...]

A study recently published in the journal Science found that the majority of the world’s fisheries are declining but could recover if properly managed. The paper found that “over 40 percent of fisheries have crashed or are overfished, producing economic losses in excess of $50 billion per year.” This is the first time researchers have [...]

Our friends at Mote Laboratory have asked us to share the following news release: Mote Marine Laboratory scientists are studying samples from the current bloom of Florida red tide this week in Southwest Florida to advance a major research initiative: learning how nutrients in the water play into the complex “recipe” for red tide. Florida [...]

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