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START Educates the public about Red Tide and our Coastal Waters
Oyster shell recycling
Nutrients in the Waterway
Fish kill from Red TIde
Preserving Our Coastal Waters
Preserving Our Coastal Waters
With Education
With Public Education
And Programs
And Programs
Nutrients in the Waterway
That Reduce Nutrients
That Feed Red Tide
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 Recycle and Renewal 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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Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in water samples collected this week ranging from background to low concentrations at several locations in and alongshore of southern Charlotte County south to mid Lee County. Very low concentrations were also reported in several locations offshore of northern Sarasota County and low to high concentrations [...]

Two recently published studies raised concerns that the damage from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill is even greater than first thought. One study found that the oil spill analysis contamination was greater than reported and the second that the spill damaged sea floor life for miles. Paul Sammarco of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium [...]

This summer a major reform of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy was approved by Parliament. Part of this deal to overhaul fisheries policy includes ending decades of over-fishing, the rebuilding of dwindling stocks by 2020 and basing long term planning on sound scientific data. The plan has three important components: to stop overfishing by [...]

Apalachicola Bay, one of the country’s major estuaries and the home of Florida’s oyster industry, has had its oyster population drastically decline in what some are calling a budding ecological disaster. The number of adult oysters began to decline in 2007. This year the larvae of oysters are struggling to mature. It takes at least [...]

2013 Scallop Restoration Is Off To A Great Start Sarasota Bay Watch got an early start to scallop restoration this year, releasing it’s first batch of scallop larvae (6.7 million) on September 12th. This compares to last year’s November 10th first release, where scallop spawning was held back due to red tide threats. SBW quickly [...]

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