Turtle Island Restoration Network has been researching microplastics in the Galveston area for two years, revealing exorbitant amounts of microplastic nurdles and fragments along the beach.

TIRN is working with other partners along the Gulf of Mexico to create a snapshot of the entire issue of microplastics in the environment. Locally, we are expanding our research with the help of Moody Gardens, Galveston College, Ball High School, O’Connell College Preparatory, and Oppe Elementary.

We will sample five sites around Galveston Island monthly, for two years, in an attempt to understand how these areas accumulate various types of microplastics and the impacts of differing weather conditions, watersheds, currents and population changes.

With wide-ranging community outreach, this program will educate and inspire the public to help TIRN advocate for policy change and on a personal level, make lifestyle alterations to help us fight to save our blue-green planet.



Endangered Sharks Migrate Through Unprotected Ocean, Researchers Find

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Recent studies have demonstrated that sharks and turtles use the swimway to migrate between the marine reserves, putting them at grave risk to industrial fishing. New research demonstrates the importance…

Graduate Student Receives Cocos Island Scholarship to Help TIRN Research Sharks

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The 2019 Cocos Scholarship was awarded to Julia Janicki, a current graduate student of the The University of Wisconsin–Madison. OLEMA—Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) has awarded a scholarship to a…

Block Fossil Fuel Lobbyist Bernhardt from Interior Department

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The confirmation hearing for Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is fast-approaching, and we cannot let a long-time fossil fuel lobbyist continue to mismanage our nation's precious natural resources and public…