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START Educates the public about Red Tide and our Coastal Waters
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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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Southwest Region:Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was found in background concentrations in several samples collected alongshore, inshore and offshore of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties this week. One sample collected alongshore of Pinellas County contained very low concentrations. Other samples collected throughout southwest Florida did not contain K. brevis.

In a major victory for our marine environment, the Florida Senate rejected a House Amendment (HB 999) that tried to put a three-year moratorium on new local laws aimed at preventing nitrogen pollution of water bodies and wetlands. This has been an ongoing battle with the fertilizer lobby in recent years and it is gratifying [...]

The Pacific Legal Foundation is suing the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to down list from endangered to threatened the manatee species found in the warm waters of Florida and elsewhere on the Atlantic Coast. PLF is a nonprofit watchdog organization that litigates for limited government, property rights and a balanced approach to environmental [...]

Florida State University Coastal & Marine Lab has a new research vessel called the Apalachee. The 64 foot catamaran took two years to build at a cost of $1.6 million. Wet and dry laboratories, sediment coring gear and a remotely-operated vehicle called the Sailbuoy are among its features that will be used by scientists and [...]

Scientist from NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and North Carolina State University recently published a study on karenia brevis algae. The North Carolina press release states that “The study shows that harmful and ubiquitous karenia brevis algae, which case red tide blooms across the Gulf of Mexico, become two to seven times more [...]

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