This month, Turtle Island and Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to protect endangered whales from mile-long driftnets, and strings of sablefish pots off the West Coast.
This week, Turtle Island Restoration Network joined with the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC) and both sent letters to the Coastal Commission asking them to change the location of their November meeting to Marin in order to allow residents to participate in the Local Coastal Program amendments that are being considered.
A Bay Area resident is taking the fight to protect our oceans from Northern California to South Africa. This week, thirty-year veteran environmental activist and biologist, Todd Steiner, executive director the Marin-based Turtle Island Restoration Network and SPAWN, is in South Africa advocating on behalf of marine wildlife. Joined by several colleagues, he is attending a major international treaty conference to promote greater protections for endangered marine species, including two species of sharks and several species of rays.
Turtle Island is working to draw attention to emerging research on the lethal effects of a common sunscreen ingredient, oxybenzone (benzophenone-3; BP-3), on our treasured coral reef ecosystems.
Today conservationists delivered a petition signed by 15,002 global citizens to the President of Costa Rica calling on him to support greater protections for silky sharks at an upcoming world wildlife conservation meeting.
Turtle Island Restoration Network is pleased to see that the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council included many of our recommendations in their updated draft plan, available online at www.restorethegulf.gov.