Seafood Savvy

Sustainable Seafood
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?

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?


Are you doing all you can to help preserve our coastal waters? Do you know ways your lifestyle can impact the water quality in the ocean? 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.
Headline News

START is pleased to report that we have joined the Healthy Earth partnership and its sustainable seafood system entry in the exciting $500,000 Gulf Coast Challenge. The goal of the challenge is to create innovations that will benefit our marine environment and stimulate the economy of our Gulf Coast communities. The Healthy Earth partnership’s objective […]

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking Florida beachgoers and residents, who live along the beach, to be careful and watch out for sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. The nesting season in southwest Florida usually begins in May and goes thru October. Florida is the place where more sea turtles […]

Recently, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced they were looking into granting endangered or threatened status of Bryde’s Whales that live in the DeSoto Canyon Region in the Gulf. In 2014, the Natural Resources Defense Council filed a petition seeking protection for the whales. These actions have been taken because scientists believe the whales may […]

Scientists are worried about how quickly the lionfish have colonized and spread over such a large area. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has taken several regulatory steps to promote lionfish harvests including designating the first Saturday after Mother’s Day each year to be Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day. Invasive species like the lionfish […]

Squid Stuffed with Herbed Breadcrumbs Ingredients (Serves 4 as a main course or 8 as a first course) • 1 1/2 pounds large cleaned squid • 4 slices country-style white bread, crusts trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces • 7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 1/3 cup finely chopped drained oil-packed sundried tomatoes • 2 garlic […]

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in samples collected this week throughout Florida. Courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Officials of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation have been exploring ways to spur the marine science industry and help southwest Florida lessen its economic dependence on real estate development and tourism, seen as a major economic weakness for the region. They have come up with a new community grant to “grow our region into the […]