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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The Sanibel Captiva START Chapter has formally announced its launching of a Sustainable Seafood Program. They released the following press release: To help address the decline in available seafood in our oceans due to the increased demand and overfishing, the San Cap START chapter is introducing a program called Seafood Savvy to help make people [...]

Seafood Savvy Coalitions, a START initiative, have been formed in Sarasota-Manatee and Lee counties.  They are comprised of citizens who want to promote the use of local, sustainable seafood by restaurants, markets, retailers, wholesalers and distributors along the Gulf of Florida.  Their goal is to help ensure that we have fish for the future by [...]

Former Governor, Bob Graham, was the keynote speaker at the December 1st rally held by the Florida Conservation Coalition, a bipartisan group of activists and environmentalists concerned about the state’s reduced oversight on development that has erased years of environmental policy. The group is particularly concerned about the budget cuts for the state’s five water [...]

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Agency, a red tide bloom was spotted last week that extended across Lee and Collier counties.  NOAA satellite imagery showed the bloom boundary was about 30 miles from the coastline, extending from southern Lee County south to Marco Island.  Collier County officials said it is the worst [...]

The Penguins have landed! Six black footed penguins are now enjoying their new “vacation” home at Mote Aquarium.  The birds star in Penguin Island, a limited time exhibit running from November 2011 through spring 2012 at Mote. Sarasota’s first penguins include five male birds named Sly, South, Rudy, Oswald and Coaster along with a female [...]

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