Bost moored off the coast of Florida
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 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 one-of-a-kind event returns to The Bait Box on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2012. The Sanibel-Captiva chapter of Solutions to Avoid Red Tide, Inc. (START) is busily preparing for our fourth annual affair, featuring a grand evening of dining, dancing to the music of a live band, and enjoying the extraordinary good company of friends and family [...]

  Common Name: Whelk Egg Casing Scientific Name: Busycon species Fun Facts: Whelk eggs are laid in intrinsically spiraled strings of egg capsules that resemble the cord of an old-fashioned hair dryer. Each capsule houses 100-200 eggs that go through several stages before developing into tiny whelks within the egg case. The whelks escape by [...]

  Common Name: Sun Ray, Sun Ray Venus Clam Scientific Name: Macrocallista  nimbosa Fun Facts: This bivalve has a distinctive pattern reminiscent of the rays of the setting sun. Sun Rays can be found buried in sandbars off the beaches and in the bay. They are considered edible but have become somewhat true.

Mote Marine scientist and START’s Executive Board Member, Dr. Barbara Kirkpatrick, has been elected  the co-chair of the National Harmful Algal Bloom Committee.  The NHC brings together authorities from research organizations, government agencies, communities and other groups to focus on harmful algal blooms while raising national-level awareness of bloom related issues. Barbara was elected by [...]

Scientists have long known that red tide is toxic to marine life but new research from a University of Connecticut researcher and his team have discovered that it is even deadlier than first thought and could affect entire marine food chains. Professor Hans Dam, and his research group from the Department of Marine Science, discovered [...]

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