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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Mini Reef Special Sales Promotion

START is launching a Special Sales Promotion on under dock mini reefs for waterside residents on the Sun Coast. The units fit under your dock and provide habitat for sea life that filter excess nutrients from the water and attract a wide variety of fish as shown in the above picture taken at the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant on Longboat Key.

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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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A team of researchers in the United States and Spain has solved one of the main riddles about red tide blooms by uncovering the specific mechanism that triggers phytoplankton to release their powerful toxins into the environment.  They presented their research in February at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society. The scientists discovered [...]

Although red tide was last seen in Southwest Florida six weeks ago, WZVN-TV is reporting its lasting effects on the coast of Sanibel Island. High concentrations of toxins in the water have caused fauna that would normally eat the algae to disappear. The fauna have also not come back to their normal levels as the [...]

Lori Schwacke, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, announced that 32 dolphins taken from Louisiana’s Barataria Bay were in overall poor health, though she says their studies do not yet definitely tie the illnesses to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  The dolphins, caught in August 2011, were underweight, anemic and [...]

As of March 23, 2012, the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute reports : Karenia Brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in water samples collected this week alongshore of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties or alongshore of the Florida Keys (southern Monroe County). One sample collected each in Lee and Collier [...]

Last month we reported that START’s  Chairman, Sandy Gilbert, was one of several keynote speakers at a press conference held in Sarasota to protest legislation aimed at weakening fertilizer restrictions.  We are pleased to announce the legislation was defeated by a majority of senators on the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee.  This was due in [...]

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