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 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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SBW Kicks Off its 2013 On-the-Water Events Sarasota Bay Watch kicked-off its 2013 on-the-water event calendar with two student cleanups. In March SBW again partnered with 25 Riverview High School National Honor Society Students for the 3rd Annual Skier’s Island Cleanup and removed 500 lbs of trash from the waterway island. Thanks again to Riverview [...]

This sustainable seafood recipe from our partner, Monterey Bay Aquarium, features Wild-caught coho salmon from Alaska. It is a “Best Choice”, seafood in this category is abundant, well-managed and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. Ingredients (Serves 4) 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive [...]

Southwest Florida coast current status report – May 3, 2013 Southwest Region: Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was found in background to very low concentrations in several samples collected alongshore and inshore of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties this week. Other samples collected throughout southwest Florida did not contain K. [...]

The southwest coast of Florida from Sarasota to Lee County has been experiencing one of its worst red tide blooms since 2005. Now, in addition to the fish kills that have been washing up on its shores, manatees have become the latest victims with more poisoned by red tide than in any year on record. [...]

Given the months long red tide bloom on the southwest coast of Florida, many of our residents and visitors have questions and concerns about consuming and harvesting shellfish. We asked Becky Lazensky, MPH, an Epidemiologist with the Aquatic Toxins Program, Public Health Toxicology, Bureau of Epidemiology, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, Florida Department [...]

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