Bost moored off the coast of Florida
Preserving Our Coastal Waters
START Educates the public about Red Tide and our Coastal Waters
With Public Education
Oyster shell recycling
And Programs
Nutrients in the Waterway
That Reduce Nutrients
Fish kill from Red TIde
That Feed Red Tide
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Water Quality Coalition

The following organizations are members of START’s Water Quality Coalition:

The Barrier Island League, The Chiles Restaurant Group, Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, Florida Food and water Watch, Hands Along the water, Now Or Neverglades, Progressive Water Resources, Inc, Sarasota Bay Watch, Sarasota League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, START and the Suncoast waterkeepers.

Contact Us for a list of the pending water quality bills in the Florida Legislature and the legislators who are reviewing them.

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START Volunteers

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

Let’s Do More

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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Resources

Resources

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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Headline News

The article by Randi Donahue from edible Sarasota explains the importance of START’s Seafood Savvy program. “Pollution, overfishing, and ignorant consumption of seafood could lead to the demise of one of the planet’s most indispensable ecosystems. Seafood Savvy, a branch of Florida nonprofit START (Solutions to Avoid Red Tide), brings sustainable seafood knowledge to coastal [...]

This year nearly 100 dead or ill dolphins have washed up on shore mostly in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay where oil lingers in the marshes and sediment.  Kate Spinner, of the Herald Tribune, reports that more than 600 dolphins have been found fatally ill or dead since oil reached the shoreline following the Deepwater Horizon explosion [...]

According to an article in the April 2012 issue of the journal of Marine Biology, a new hammerhead species has now been discovered near the coast of southern Brazil.  The shark was originally discovered off the South Florida coast in 2005 and by a separate team off the South Carolina coast.  At the time, scientists [...]

National Public Radio’s Ashley Ahearn reported that scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are working to prevent outbreaks of paralytic shellfish poisoning that can be caused in part by red tides.  They are doing this by tracking when and where red tides will happen next. NOAA scientists were out looking for the [...]

Barbel Honisch, a paleoceanographer at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Andy Ridgwell of the University of Bristol, coauthored a paper on ocean acidification that was recently featured in the journal “Science.“ The study found that our oceans may be acidifying faster than at any point during the last 300 million years, endangering marine life [...]

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