Sea turtles are extremely vulnerable to climate change due to their unique life history. Join us in working with other activists working to slow and reverse climate change that threatens all life on Earth.

Climate change impacts sea turtles in a number of ways:

  • Temperature determines sea turtle gender,
  • Rising seas inundate and destroy nesting beach sites, and
  • Changing ocean current patterns may prevent hatchlings from reaching their critical pelagic habitat they need to reach to survive their first few months and years at sea.

The time to act is now. Help us build resilient sea turtle populations, restore key ocean and beach habitat and ensure the long-term survival of these ancient species, while we reduce the impacts of oil and gas emissions and drilling.

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Deadly Waters: The Threat of Climate Change & Rising Sea Levels to Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches

One impact of sea level rise is the loss or diminishment of beaches, including those on which sea turtles nest. In this report, we examine the impacts of sea level rise on major sea turtle nesting beaches for the seven species of sea turtles. From existing data and sea level rise projections, we have identified two major US nesting beach areas that are at risk from climate change: French Frigate Shoals in Hawaii and Padre Island National Seashore in Texas.

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What We’re Doing

California Driftnet Buy-Back Program Protects Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles

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For Immediate Release, July 8, 2021 Contact: Todd Steiner, Executive Director, 415-488-7652, tsteiner@seaturtles.org  California Driftnet Buy-Back Program Protects Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s budget will allocate $1.3…

Study: Green Sea Turtles in Eastern Pacific Enjoy Higher Trophic Position

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Todd Steiner, founder and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network, recently co-authored a paper studying the trophic position and niche of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in the eastern Pacific.…

iSeaTurtle App Expands to Track Turtles Over the Entire Texas Coast

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For Immediate Release, May 4, 2021 Contacts: Joanie Steinhaus, Gulf Program Director, Turtle Island Restoration Network, joanie@seaturtles.org, 409-795-8426 Sara Carney, Communications Manager, Texas Sea Grant, scarney@tamu.edu, 979-458-8442 iSeaTurtle App Expands…