Seafood Savvy

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?

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

On July 25, 2014, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported that a bloom of red tide was confirmed in samples collected offshore of Hernando County. Citizens had been calling FWC’s Fish Kill Hotline to report observations of thousands of dead and dying bottom dwelling reef fish, including grouper, hogfish, white grunt, triggerfish […]

Down through the century’s seashell collecting has played an important role in our global culture. Explorers traveling to Africa found natives using shells being exchanged as money instead of gold and silver. Seashells have been used for basins, tubs, buckets, lamps and cutting tools by native people. More recently collecting shells has become a reminder […]

On June 25, 2014, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released its 24th annual report card and named the top 35 superstar beaches in the United States and Coquina Beach was one of them. The report called “Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches,” collects and analyzes the latest water testing […]

4th Annual Scallopalooza Sarasota Bay Watch’s 4th Annual Scallopalooza is proof that the people, businesses, organizations and institutions of Manatee and Sarasota Counties can come together to tackle a large, long term marine restoration project. Sarasota Bay Watch was formed around a single guiding principal – working together as a community to improve and protect […]

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background to high concentrations in several water samples analyzed this week from offshore of Hernando County and in background concentrations in two samples collected this week from inshore waters of Charlotte and Lee counties. Additional samples collected throughout Florida this week did not contain K. […]

The Bradenton Herald reports that Congress has just authorized $82 million for new research aimed at controlling HABs or Harmful Algae Blooms. Florida Senator Bill Nelson sponsored the bill and the Senate agreed on June 17th to support a House amendment to the bill which is now headed to President Obama for approval. The legislation […]

Scientists are worried about how quickly the lionfish have colonized and spread over such a large area. Invasive species like the lionfish cost the U.S. billions of dollars per year in damages, losses and measures to control them. Their native range is the South Pacific and the Indian Oceans.  The first lionfish was reported in South Florida waters in […]