Preserving Our Coastal Waters
With Public Education
And Programs
That Reduce Nutrients
That Feed Red Tide
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Mini Reef Special Sales Promotion

START is launching a Special Sales Promotion on under dock mini reefs for waterside residents on the Sun Coast. The units fit under your dock and provide habitat for sea life that filter excess nutrients from the water and attract a wide variety of fish as shown in the above picture taken at the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant on Longboat Key.

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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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Alerts about dangerous red tide levels will now be sent out by the National Weather Service following the latest red tide bloom that is still bringing dead fish and noxious air to our southwest gulf beaches. Since June the weather service has issued experimental alerts on beach hazards such as riptides, but had no comprehensive [...]

In response to a growing number of requests, we are launching a new feature in this edition of our monthly E-Newsletter, Seafood Savvy Recipes. We believe it will help our readers make better choices about the seafood they prepare at home and order in restaurants. Try this interesting take on on one of our local [...]

The State Department of Environmental Protection recently “solicited the lists of possible springs projects from the water management districts as part of a planning exercise to help establish a list that could provide a starting point should funding become available,” according to DEP spokeswomen Dee Ann Miller and reported in the Tampa Bay Times. She [...]

Is it possible to increase the populations of two of the Gulf of Mexico’s most popular sport and food fish by raising and releasing small fry? Marine biologists are trying to learn just that. In recent years hundreds of thousands of spotted seatrout, known as specks, and thousands of red snapper fingerlings have been released, [...]

Recently the French Polynesia and Cook islands joined six countries – Palau, Maldives, Honduras, Bahamas, Marshall Islands and Tokelau in creating shark sanctuaries. The new additions are adjacent to each other and span 2.5 million square miles of ocean. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature a third of all shark species face [...]

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