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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Florida has a long history of land conservation starting in 1963 when the Land Acquisition Trust Fund was created by the Florida Legislature to fund the Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Program, which would purchase land for parks and recreation areas. In 1968, a $20 million bond program was established to acquire outdoor recreation lands. In [...]

(Serves 4) 1 cup sprouted lentils Extra virgin olive oil Local flowers/herbs (radish greens, sorrel, beach spinach) Spinach/Herb Purée 1 quart spinach (raw) 4 whole shallots 3/4 cup grapeseed oil or similar blended oil 4 tablespoons sliced almonds (untoasted) 1 tablespoon chives (chopped) 1 tablespoon cilantro 4 tablespoons parsley 1 tablespoon tarragon 4 tablespoons mustard [...]

Our Scallop Sanctuary Program is off to a great start!  We established 5 scallop sanctuaries around the bay using specially designed cages provided by Sarasota County, with each cage containing 30 young adult scallops.  These cages protect the growing scallops from predators and keep them together, which will be important this Fall when they mature and [...]

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