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.

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First Cold Stunning for Sea Turtles on the Texas Coast

| Gulf of Mexico, News Releases, Sea Turtles, Uncategorized | No Comments
For Immediate Release: January 25, 2022 Contacts: Joanie Steinhaus, Gulf Program Director, joanie@seaturtles.org, (512) 417-7741 Texas experienced a mild December but in January the temperatures have begun to drop and…

New Marine Reserve Will Protect Highly Migratory and Endangered Species in Galapagos

| Cocos-Galapagos Swimway, Eastern Tropical Pacific, News Releases, Sea Turtles, Sharks | No Comments
For Immediate Release: January 14, 2022 Contacts: Todd M. Steiner, (415) 488-7652, tsteiner@tirn.net Ecuador – Ecuador will have a new marine reserve to increase the protection of marine endangered species…

Ocean Temperatures Hit New High in 2021

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Since measurements began over six decades ago, oceans were the hottest ever recorded this past year. In a study published in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, researchers say the increased warmth…