Plans to build a coastal barrier to protect gulf towns from powerful storms in Texas will be harmful for endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. We’re working to make sure there is a full environmental impact assessment and analysis of the ecological effects by the proposed barrier systems, and that alternative ways to solve the problem are considered.

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.

However, these proposed barrier system projects have the potential to severely degrade the habitat for sea turtles and birds on Galveston Island and along the upper Texas coast. Further, these projects might impede the growth and populations of thousands of fish and crustacean species that reside in the Galveston Bay Area.



Protections Expanded for Texas Gulf Corals and Manta Rays 

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For Immediate Release, January 19, 2021 Contacts: Joanie Steinhaus, Turtle Island Restoration Network,, 512-417-7741  Anna Farrell-Sherman, Environment Texas Research and Policy Center,, 206-963-5083    Protections Expanded for Texas Gulf…

Feds to Be Sued for Weakening Sea Turtle Protections

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For Immediate Release, January 11, 2021 Contact: Joanie Steinhaus, Turtle Island Restoration Network, (512) 417-7741, Jake Bleich, Defenders of Wildlife, (510) 882-1592, Jaclyn Lopez, Center for Biological Diversity,…

Texans Need Ample Time to Study Coastal Barrier Plan

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This column was published in the Galveston Daily News on Nov 20, 2020 in response to the commentary by Armin Cantini (“Coastal study of storm-surge system deserves support,” The Daily…