oysters

On August 7th, START’s Chairman, Sandy Gilbert, gave the Manatee County Commission an update on the Gulf Coast Oyster Recycle and Renewal (GCORR) Program that has been underway for the past year. Sandy began by explaining that given the County’s extensive investment in infrastructure over the years including replacing 2/3 of the septic systems along [...]

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill had a negative effect on the coastal habitats of the Gulf of Mexico. Beaches, marshes, oyster reefs, and other habitats were exposed to oil, affecting the plants and wildlife living in those areas. NOAA announced in December of 2016, the availability of up to $7 million for grant funding provided [...]

Thanks to a generous grant from the Manatee Fish & Game Association through their Conservation Fund with the Manatee Community Foundation, START will be able to expand our landmark Gulf Coast Oyster Recycle and Renewal (GCORR) Program. Oysters are a keystone species in our marine environment as active water filterers that play a major role [...]

Sarasota Bay Watch president Larry Stults, Ph.D. recently represented SBW and Gulf Shellfish Institute at a seminal Shellfish Workshop organized by Florida Sea Grant and the Gulf Shellfish Institute. . National level shellfish regulators and policymakers from National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) sat alongside [...]