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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On Friday April 2, The Sarasota Bay Watch and its loyal volunteers seeded another eighty-eight bushels or about 105,000 native southern hard-shell clams (Mercenaria Campenchiensis) in Sarasota Bay. This was an historic event as it marked the last time the clams will be cultivated down in Pine Island Sound and trucked up to Sarasota Bay [...]

Current Conditions The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida, where it was detected in 56 samples over the past week. Bloom concentrations (>100,000 cells/liter) were observed in one sample from Sarasota County, nine samples from Charlotte County, and one sample from Collier County. K. brevis was also observed at background concentrations in [...]

START is pleased to declare March as Microforest Month in our expanding efforts to improve water quality along the Suncoast. This is a direct result of the popular success of the Microforest at the Celery Fields in Sarasota. As originally announced in last November’s edition of our monthly E-Newsletter, the one third acre site continues [...]

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