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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This March coastal officials have been on high alert north of Lambert Bay, West Africa. The alarm was raised by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries after satellite images taken last week confirmed that the annual natural phenomenon of red tide was slowly moving ashore.  The wave of toxic red tide has seen tons [...]

Although the prospect of stormy weather forced a venue change for the Tide to Table dinner from the beach on Longboat Key to the ballroom at the Polo Grill, over 70 diners joined in the festivities on Saturday night, April 21st. The dinner, a fundraiser for Seafood Savvy, was the creation of Seafood Savvy member [...]

As reported by Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times we may not be out of the woods when it comes to surface damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  While everything seems to have gone back to normal on our beaches, geologist James Kirby has found evidence that the oil is still present and [...]

Red Tide was detected in early April around Marco Island.  South Marco Beach, big Marco Pass and Caxambas Pass were found to have very low levels of red tide.  As the month progressed the red tide intensified and NOAA satellites tracked an area of elevated chlorophyll levels from Clam Pass in northern Collier County to [...]

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 [...]

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