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

Environmental Groups Renew Push for Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban in Galveston

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Turtle Island Restoration Network and the Galveston Chapter of Surfrider Foundation unveil new signs at Randalls. Image available for media use. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 20, 2019 Contacts: Joanie Steinhaus,…

[ADVISORY] Tuesday rally planned to stop deadly longline fishery off California coast

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Contact: Annalisa Tuel, (408) 621-8113, atuel@seaturtles.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday Rally Planned to Stop Deadly Longline Fishery off California coast COSTA MESA, Calif. – Activists will stand with Turtle Island…

Turtle Island Restoration Network Nominated for Best Non-Profit Organization in Galveston, Texas

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Turtle Island Restoration Network is thrilled to announce we are a top finalist for Best Non-Profit Organization in Galveston.com’s 2019 Best of the Island Awards! All autumn long, thousands of…