Sustainable Seafood

Seafood Savvy

The world’s expanding population’s continual search for healthy protein from seafood has led to overfishing of many of the most popular kinds of fish. In fact over 90% of many of the larger ocean fish like Blue Fin Tuna are already gone. Find out what can you do about it?

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Coastal Classroom

Coastal Classroom

How much do you know about our marine environment and how it affects your everyday life? Did you know that mangroves, the coastal trees that can live in salt water, drop their leaves that create nutrients that help sustain nurseries for all kinds of fish and small sea creatures?

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Are you doing all you can to help preserve our coastal waters? Do you know ways your lifestyle can impact the ocean's water quality? Do you know what to do when we have the next red tide bloom? To find out, check START’s available educational resource materials and related links.

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A recent item by New York Times blogger Emma Bryce on the Yangtze River in China changing color from brown to a reddish orange caused a reader to write in and describe what she saw as a spate of red tide events around the world and inquired about the cause. While the Yangtze River color [...]

From October 5-14, taste what makes The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel so special during a local and sustainable culinary celebration featuring local chefs and a wide variety of area restaurants. The following sustainable seafood events are being hosted in part by the Ft. Myers Beach/Bonita Springs and the Sanibel/Captiva START – Seafood Savvy [...]

This one-of-a-kind event returns to The Bait Box on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2012. The Sanibel-Captiva chapter of Solutions to Avoid Red Tide, Inc. (START) is busily preparing for our fourth annual affair, featuring a grand evening of dining, dancing to the music of a live band, and enjoying the extraordinary good company of friends and family [...]

  Common Name: Whelk Egg Casing Scientific Name: Busycon species Fun Facts: Whelk eggs are laid in intrinsically spiraled strings of egg capsules that resemble the cord of an old-fashioned hair dryer. Each capsule houses 100-200 eggs that go through several stages before developing into tiny whelks within the egg case. The whelks escape by [...]

  Common Name: Sun Ray, Sun Ray Venus Clam Scientific Name: Macrocallista  nimbosa Fun Facts: This bivalve has a distinctive pattern reminiscent of the rays of the setting sun. Sun Rays can be found buried in sandbars off the beaches and in the bay. They are considered edible but have become somewhat true.

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