Preserving Our Coastal Waters
With Public Education
And Programs
That Reduce Nutrients
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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By START Gulf Ambassador Arya Muppavarapu From time to time, START encourages citizens to share their unique experiences in working to help improve the water quality of our coastal waters in our Gulf Ambassador series of articles. We think you will enjoy reading about all Arya Muppavarapu has done to help our marine environment. He [...]

Florida’s 1,197 miles of coastline is only three feet above the rising ocean levels. The geology of the state makes it vulnerable to seawater encroachment. Billions of dollars’ worth of buildings, roads and infrastructure lie on highly porous limestone that leaches water. It is predicted that South Florida will be under six feet or more [...]

Servings: 4 Total Time: 30 minutes Cooking Sequence Preheat oven Prepare fish and begin to bake (10 minutes) Prepare pasta; serve (20 minutes) Cooking Instructions Baked Fish Au Gratin Ingredients Nonstick aluminum foil 4 firm fish fillets (such as mahi, haddock or cod; 1 1/2 lb) 1/2 lemon, for juice 4 tablespoons Asiago Caesar dressing [...]

Current Conditions The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed at background concentrations in four Southwest Florida samples over the past week. Other samples collected statewide did not contain K. brevis. In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in three samples collected offshore of Sarasota County and in [...]

With the expansion of our public educational outreach program and our increasing number of in-water projects that START now administers, we have decided to add a new Program Manager position to our Executive Committee. As with all START officers, it is a volunteer position that would be ideal for a recently retired person who enjoys [...]

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