START's Seafood Savvy Program has become a partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program to help promote sustainable seafood practices. With START’s ongoing efforts in educational outreach to preserve our marine environment, it was a logical step for us to expand our subject area to include the increasing importance of sustainable seafood practices.
With 90% of the large fish species like tuna already gone from our oceans, the state of the world’s fisheries is a great concern. Already here in the United States, we eat more farmed seafood than wild caught seafood and over 80% of the seafood we eat here in the U.S. is imported. The growing worldwide demand for valuable protein from seafood coupled with the mass production fishing techniques used in our oceans today has led to mass overfishing and stressed populations of many of our favorite food fish species. Nearly 76% of all the fisheries around the world have been overfished. The situation is made even more untenable as nearly one out of every four fish caught in the wild today is thrown away as unwanted bycatch.
START is a 501(c)3 non-profit grass roots organization founded in 1996 on Longboat Key by retired General Jim Patterson and a few other concerned citizens in response to a devastating ten-month long red tide bloom that ravaged a wide area along the West Coast of Florida. START’s name is an out-growth of this trying experience and is derived from the phrase “Solutions To Avoid Red Tide”. Ever since then, START has been at the forefront in securing funding to support scientific research and increase public awareness about the importance of preserving our marine environment.
Our partners have committed to serve or sell as much sustainable seafood as possible. You can help by supporting them with your business and encouraging them to continue making environmentally-friendly seafood choices. Be sure to ask your server which menu items are locally-harvested and which are the most sustainable seafood selections!
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