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

Let’s Do More

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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For over two decades, the Science and Environment Council (SEC), a not-for-profit consortium of the 40 leading science-based environmental nonprofit and government organizations in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, has convened discussions, informed policy and enhanced public awareness about science-based conversation and sustainable practices to protect and restore our natural environment. In early December, the SEC [...]

The EcoSummit will feature lively solutions-oriented lectures, panel discussions, storytelling and music. Dozens of national, regional and local experts will share fascinating insights and future-forward innovations for recharging our environment and reducing our impacts that will sustain our coastal community’s environment-based quality of life. The EcoSummit kicks off December 4th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 [...]

Current Conditions Over the past week, the red tide organism Karenia brevis was detected at background concentrations in one Northwest Florida sample collected offshore. We continue to use satellite imagery (USF and NOAA NCCOS) to help track nearshore and offshore conditions. In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was not observed. In Northwest [...]

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