In response to the risk of destruction of life and property from hurricanes, a number of coastal barrier system projects are currently being developed and discussed in Texas. These plans, while still in the conceptual phase, have engendered significant public and legislative support.
6,757 volunteers showed up at 27 locations to remove 110,663 pounds of trash from 151 miles of Texas coastline.
Turtle Island’s new report ‘The Economic Argument Against the California Driftnet Fishery’ outlines how the California driftnet fishery costs more to operate than the wealth that is created by the fishery. The just-released-report examines new data that shows the cost of regulating this dirty fishery would substantially decrease if the California swordfish fishery used more sustainable gear instead of mile-long driftnets.
Six years ago the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico impacting endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Volunteers with Turtle Island patrolling the coast for nesting sea turtles have recently been shocked to find dead sea turtles on the beach.
In support of Turtle Island & Surfrider Foundations Bring the Bag campaign, the City of Galveston is challenging residents, visitors and tourists to “take the challenge” of going single-use plastic bag free from April 22nd, Earth Day, to May 30th, Memorial Day.
The Associated Press was just awarded a Pulitzer Prize, given for excellence in journalism, for their coverage of severe labor abuses tied to the supply of seafood to the U.S. Their series of stories revealed that U.S. supermarkets and restaurants are selling shrimp that is peeled by slaves. The series also described some of the conditions these shrimp peelers endure, including emotional and physical abuse, being locked into the sheds where they work, and working 16 hour shifts with their hands in ice water.
Volunteers with Turtle Island patrolling the Upper Texas Coast for nesting sea turtles have been shocked to find dead sea turtles on the beach. The volunteers have found five dead endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles on their routes in Galveston and Surfside. The dead sea turtles bolster ongoing calls for increased actions to limit shrimp trawling and for the building of a sea turtle rehab hospital on the Upper Texas coast.