Preserving Our Coastal Waters
With Public Education
And Programs
That Reduce Nutrients
That Feed Red Tide
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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 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking Florida beachgoers and residents, who live along the beach, to be careful and watch out for sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.  The nesting season usually begins in May and goes thru October, but this year sea turtles began laying eggs on area beaches [...]

Beginning June 1st, the National Weather Service will issue statements on beach hazards. The Tampa Bay Area Weather Forecast Office is one of the offices participating in the pilot program. The Weather service will issue information about harmful algae blooms, Red Tide, rip currents, chemical spills, high bacteria levels and dangerous marine wildlife.  The statements [...]

A federally funded, multi-agency effort has begun on the largest coral reef restoration project in history.  NOAA funded scientists with The Nature Conservancy and partner organizations including Mote Marine Laboratory, began growing staghorn and elkhorn corals at eight underwater nurseries located from Ft. Lauderdale south through the Florida Keys and U.S. Virgin Islands in 2009.  [...]

The water along Lido Beach, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island took on a brownish hue at the beginning of May.  Test results taken at Long Boat Key confirmed red drift algae (seaweed) and blooms of Trichodesmium.  Neither are considered harmful. Current testing by FWRI: on the southwest coast of Florida, Karenia brevis, the Florida [...]

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 [...]

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