Turtle Island is working to educate fishers on the Upper Texas Coast so that sea turtles can be protected and rehabilitated.

Sea turtles are often hooked by recreational fishermen, and the problem is made worse because the fishers, out of fear, decide against contacting wildlife authorities.

We’ve produced materials that are distributed in bait shops, and have signs up on three piers on the Upper Texas Coast. In addition, we have implemented a monofilament collection program on piers on the Upper Texas Coast. Volunteers maintain and collect the material.

Help us continue our outreach to protect sea turtles on our piers in the Upper Texas Coast. 

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Updates

City of Galveston Considers Banning Balloon Releases to Protect Wildlife

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Contact: Joanie Steinhaus, Gulf Program Director, joanie@seaturtles.org  City of Galveston Considers Banning Balloon Releases to Protect Wildlife GALVESTON, Texas — Galveston City Council is considering passing an ordinance that would…

NOAA Fisheries Should Close Critical Areas of the Gulf to Protect Western Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

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WASHINGTON—Turtle Island Restoration Network urged the National Marine Fisheries Service to immediately reinstate Spring Gulf of Mexico Gear-Restricted Areas (“GRAs”).  These GRAs—bluefin tuna spawning hotspots closed to pelagic longlining during…

Undersea Gas Pipeline Rupture Causes Fire in Gulf of Mexico

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A Mexican state-owned oil company’s undersea gas pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico suffered a rupture on July 3, resulting in flames boiling to the surface of the sea. Pemex,…