Bost moored off the coast of Florida
Preserving Our Coastal Waters
START Educates the public about Red Tide and our Coastal Waters
With Public Education
Oyster shell recycling
And Programs
Nutrients in the Waterway
That Reduce Nutrients
Fish kill from Red TIde
That Feed Red Tide
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Water Quality Funding Program

Excess nutrients in our waterways have brought us an increasing variety of algal blooms from green algae to lingering red tide that has harmed sea life and damaged the human shoreline experience.

Donate Now button to help us bring this exciting biological nutrient control program to the shores of Sarasota Bay
Help START preserve our coastal waters with our landmark water quality project at Bay Park on Sarasota Bay that includes:

  • Carbon-Life nutrient barrier that will filter over 8 Million gallons of stormwater from the site before it runs into the Bay in every one-inch rain event
  • Our award-winning GCORR Oyster Recycling Program where each oyster filters nutrients from 9 to 50 gallons of seawater a day in the park’s lagoon
  • Clam seeding with the Sarasota Bay Watch that also are very good water filterers
  • Under dock mini reefs that filter 30,000 gallons of water a day

DONATE NOW to help us bring this exciting biological nutrient control program to the shores of Sarasota Bay.

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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

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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Resources

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.

More About Our Resources

Headline News

As forecasted in last month’s E-Newsletter, Ocean Habitats, Inc. installed ten under-dock mini reefs at the Mar Vista Restaurant on Longboat Key on May 31st. The installation was made possible via a very generous $3,400 Impact Day Grant from Lucky’s Market in Sarasota. The luncheon demonstration event was initiated by START to introduce mini reefs [...]

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