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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4 servings 25 minutes total Ingredients 1 ½ lb peeled/deveined medium shrimp, tails removed (thaw if needed) 3 tablespoons garlic-basil Italian dressing Large zip-top bag 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 teaspoons minced garlic ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 cup tomato-basil pasta sauce [...]

Current Conditions The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was detected along the Florida Gulf Coast. Over the past week, K. brevis was observed in 57 samples. Bloom concentrations (>100,000 cells/liter) were present in 18 samples: four in Sarasota County, nine offshore of Charlotte County, and five offshore of Lee County. In Southwest Florida over the [...]

At the end of this month, the Healthy Pond Collaborative Sarasota will complete its fist year of a three-year grant from the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. As many of our regular readers will recall from previous articles in our Monthly E-Newsletter, this program grew out of a 2021 pond enhancement program initiated by START [...]

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