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 Funding Program

Excess nutrients in our waterways have brought us an increasing variety of algal blooms from green algae to lingering red tide that has harmed sea life and damaged the human shoreline experience.

Donate Now button to help us bring this exciting biological nutrient control program to the shores of Sarasota Bay
Help START preserve our coastal waters with our landmark water quality project at Bay Park on Sarasota Bay that includes:

  • Carbon-Life nutrient barrier that will filter over 8 Million gallons of stormwater from the site before it runs into the Bay in every one-inch rain event
  • Our award-winning GCORR Oyster Recycling Program where each oyster filters nutrients from 9 to 50 gallons of seawater a day in the park’s lagoon
  • Clam seeding with the Sarasota Bay Watch that also are very good water filterers
  • Under dock mini reefs that filter 30,000 gallons of water a day

DONATE NOW to help us bring this exciting biological nutrient control program to the shores of Sarasota Bay.

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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

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

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

Monterey Bay Aquarium has announced that its Executive Director Julie Packard has been named one of “America’s 50 Most Powerful People in Food for 2012” by the influential website The Daily Meal, because of the impact the Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program is having on demand for sustainable seafood. “Our ultimate criterion was simply this,” wrote [...]

A study published recently in the journal Biological Conservation used satellites to track threatened loggerhead sea turtles. Researchers with Mote Marine Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Florida, first tagged the turtles from nesting areas on Casey Key, the Dry Tortugas and Cape San Blas. The female’s migrations were then tracked. A [...]

The University of South Florida has announced a joint effort between its College of Marine Science and scientists in Mexico to study red tide. This scientific cooperation between states and nations who depend on the Gulf is producing more accurate tracking of red tide. USF News reports that Biological Oceanographer Frank Muller-Karger, a member of [...]

In a status report  released by FWRI on January 20, 2012, the Karenia brevis bloom which has been present in southwest Florida for the past several months was only detected along two shore areas.  Very low concentrations were detected at Lighthouse Beach and Lovers Key State Park (southern Lee County) and very low to low [...]

Despite the relatively low concentration of red tide, some sea creatures are still being taken to rehabilitation clinics in Collier and Lee counties. Since December, Sanibel’s Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, has treated a variety of seabirds including 30 cormorants, 12 pelicans and a herring gull that was given a shake with a special [...]

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