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Monthly Archives

March 2016

Historic Petition Urges Obama to Halt All New Offshore Fossil Fuel Leases

By | Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles

More than 45 climate, conservation, indigenous and coastal organizations (including Turtle Island) representing the major coastal regions of the United States filed a legal petition today calling on President Obama to align U.S. energy policy with his climate goals by issuing an executive order to end new oil and gas lease auctions in federally controlled oceans — including the Arctic, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

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Bring the Bag Day Proclaimed by April 22nd by City of Galveston

By | Sea Turtles

Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Bring the Bag campaign, a joint initiative with Surfrider-Galveston, received the support of the City of Galveston this week. The Mayor James D. Yarbrough and the City Council proclaimed April 22nd ‘Bring the Bag’ day in Galveston, Texas. The Mayor went a step further, and challenged residents to take a 30 day challenge with him and pledge to bring reusable bags, rather than rely on single-use plastic bags that can enter our oceans and harm marine wildlife.

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Turtle Island Restoration Network Sponsors Bill to Phase out California Driftnet Fishery to Protect Marine Wildlife

By | Got Mercury?, Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles, Sharks

Turtle Island is the sponsor of a new bill authored by Senator Ben Allen designed to protect California’s marine wildlife by ending the use of deadly driftnets in California. The legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 1114, will end the most harmful fishing practice on the West Coast by transitioning California’s swordfish industry away from driftnets to more sustainable fishing technology.

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Media Advisory: City of Galveston to Proclaim April 22nd ‘Bring the Bag Day’ at March 24th Council Meeting

By | Sea Turtles

Turtle Island Restoration Network (SeaTurtles.Org) and the Surfrider Foundation, Galveston Chapter (galvestonsurfrider.com) have been working to encourage residents and tourists to ‘Bring the Bag,’ and reduce single-use plastic bag pollution in Galveston, Texas. Now, the City of Galveston is supporting these efforts.

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