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    Movers & Shakers: Doug Karpa

    October 16th, 2014

    Turtle Island Restoration Network, an international ocean and marine conservation organization headquartered in Marin, has hired Kentfield native Doug...

Education

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    Letter to the Editor: Bring the Bag

    April 27th, 2015

    The efforts of the an island group - "Bring the Bag - to raise awareness of the risks of single-use plastic bags is deserving of attention and applause. The group, which is not seeking a ban on single-use plastic bags in Galveston, is working to encourage a healthier, greener and clearer environment and community. That is a goal we should all share.

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    A Bag’s Life campaign a lesson in the 3 Rs

    April 27th, 2015

    Starting on America Recycles Day in November 2014 and concluding on Earth Day on Wednesday, students across Galveston made a tremendous environmental impact. Schools from Galveston ISD, as well as private and charter schools, combined to collect and recycle more than 680,000 bags as part of A Bag’s Life program.

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    Louisiana’s No Friend to Sea Turtles

    March 24th, 2015

    For those of us who have been lucky enough to watch a giant sea turtle lumber ashore and lay her eggs, or seen baby

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    Whale Sharks to be Tagged to Save Species

    January 13th, 2015

    It is the largest fish in the ocean with some individuals reaching sizes of up to 65ft (18m) long and weighing more than 30 tonnes, but whale sharks remain one of the enigmas of the deep.

Summer Salmon Institute

Sea Turtles

  • KempsRidleynesting06

    Letter to the Editor: Bring the Bag

    April 27th, 2015

    The efforts of the an island group - "Bring the Bag - to raise awareness of the risks of single-use plastic bags is deserving of attention and applause. The group, which is not seeking a ban on single-use plastic bags in Galveston, is working to encourage a healthier, greener and clearer environment and community. That is a goal we should all share.

  • Kemps at surface

    A Bag’s Life campaign a lesson in the 3 Rs

    April 27th, 2015

    Starting on America Recycles Day in November 2014 and concluding on Earth Day on Wednesday, students across Galveston made a tremendous environmental impact. Schools from Galveston ISD, as well as private and charter schools, combined to collect and recycle more than 680,000 bags as part of A Bag’s Life program.

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    Louisiana’s No Friend to Sea Turtles

    March 24th, 2015

    For those of us who have been lucky enough to watch a giant sea turtle lumber ashore and lay her eggs, or seen baby

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    Prosecutors ask for maximum sentences for defendants in Jairo Mora murder trial

    January 23rd, 2015

    The prosecution rested its case Tuesday in the trial of seven men accused of murdering 26-year-old sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora nearly two years

Salmon

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    Salmon Population Dwindling at Marin County Creeks

    April 27th, 2015

    In spite of the heavy rains and swollen creeks this December, biologists are not seeing a rise in the number of salmon spawning in Marin County creeks. Lagunitas Creek is currently seeing three times more water when compared to this time last year, but not three times the number of fish. Gregory Andrew, a fishery program manager for the Marin Municipal Water District, has been counting the number of salmon nesting sites -- or redds.

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    First project considered within Marin creekside conservation zone wins support

    April 15th, 2015

    A plan for a small creekside home in Lagunitas drew support from county planners this week despite protests from fishery activists that habitat for

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    Marin Voice: Saving West Marin’s coho salmon by restoring habitat and buying homes

    January 24th, 2015

    Coho salmon are an incredibly unique species. They begin their lives in California's freshwater streams, mature in the Pacific Ocean, and then return to their natal creeks to spawn and finally die. They once flooded streams and sent fishers home with millions of fish each season, but today California's streams no longer support these iconic wild fish. Learn more about C-SALT.

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    West Marin presses to restrict mosquito-control pesticides

    January 8th, 2015

    Nearly 50 people gathered in the Bolinas Firehouse’s cramped conference room on Tuesday night to hash out the future of mosquito control in West Marin.

Sharks

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    Bigeye Tuna Remains on Hawaii’s Menu — But for How Long?

    January 2nd, 2015

    We should be leaders in fisheries management, not cheaters,” said Doug Karpa, of the California-based Turtle Island Restoration Network, noting that the U.S. is one of the few nations that ban the fishing in its own waters of overexploited stocks unless they are recovering.

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    Whale Sharks to be Tagged to Save Species

    December 30th, 2014

    There are fears that the gentle giant, whose flesh is prized in countries such as China, India and the Philippines, is being slowly driven towards extinction. And so little is known about them that there is huge uncertainty about how their decline can be arrested.

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    Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Tuna Fishing

    November 21st, 2014

    Environmental groups are suing the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect bigeye tuna that they say are being over-fished.

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    Voluntourism

    November 18th, 2014

    "It's the most incredible underwater place I've ever been," says Todd Steiner, executive director of the California-based Sea Turtle Restoration Project. "It's a superhighway of giant animals — like the plains of Africa, only underwater."

Cocos Expedition

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    Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Tuna Fishing

    November 21st, 2014

    Environmental groups are suing the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect bigeye tuna that they say are being over-fished.

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    Voluntourism

    November 18th, 2014

    "It's the most incredible underwater place I've ever been," says Todd Steiner, executive director of the California-based Sea Turtle Restoration Project. "It's a superhighway of giant animals — like the plains of Africa, only underwater."

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    Green turtle links Costa Rica’s Cocos Island with Ecuador’s Galapagos

    June 24th, 2014

    One normal migration for turtles, one giant discovery for humankind. With his 14-day journey from the waters of Costa Rica’s Cocos Island National Park to the Galapagos Marine Reserve in Ecuador, “Sanjay,” an endangered green sea turtle, established the first direct migration link between the two protected areas.

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    American Airlines Will No Longer Ship Shark Fins

    April 8th, 2015

    American Airlines announced via Twitter Wednesday morning that it no longer accepts shipments of shark fins, which were being transported illegally through the United States.

Mammals & Seabirds

  • Photo by Jonathan Green

    Whale Sharks to be Tagged to Save Species

    December 30th, 2014

    There are fears that the gentle giant, whose flesh is prized in countries such as China, India and the Philippines, is being slowly driven towards extinction. And so little is known about them that there is huge uncertainty about how their decline can be arrested.

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    Assemblyman Richard Bloom Joins Lawmakers To Phase Out California Drift Gillnets

    December 30th, 2014

    With the full support of Turtle Island Restoration Network, OCEANA, and other marine conservations organizations, California Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), and Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) this week called on the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service to transition away from deadly California drift gillnets.

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    Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Tuna Fishing

    November 21st, 2014

    Environmental groups are suing the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect bigeye tuna that they say are being over-fished.

  • Feds Move to Protect Sperm Whales From Fishing Nets

    May 22nd, 2014

    "This wasteful driftnet fishery is always in crisis and the emergency never stops for whales, dolphins, and fish that get caught and die by the hundreds," said Turtle Island Restoration Network's Teri Shore. "It's time to ban driftnets instead of constant regulatory triage."

Got Mercury?

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    Bigeye Tuna Remains on Hawaii’s Menu — But for How Long?

    January 2nd, 2015

    We should be leaders in fisheries management, not cheaters,” said Doug Karpa, of the California-based Turtle Island Restoration Network, noting that the U.S. is one of the few nations that ban the fishing in its own waters of overexploited stocks unless they are recovering.

  • big-eye-tuna

    Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Tuna Fishing

    November 21st, 2014

    Environmental groups are suing the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect bigeye tuna that they say are being over-fished.

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    Consumer Reports: Pregnant Women Should ‘Avoid All Tuna’

    August 21st, 2014

    In June, the Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration proposed a minimum weekly level for fish consumption for the first time. Women who are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying to become pregnant, it said, should eat up to 12 ounces of fish per week. After all, fish is a great source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

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    How to Reduce Your Mercury Exposure from Seafood

    August 21st, 2014

    Will eating grilled swordfish or tuna sushi expose you to too much mercury? Find out by using the Got Mercury? calculator, provided by Turtle Island Restoration Network. Just enter your body weight, along with the type and amount of fish or shellfish you’re considering eating for the week, and you’ll see how much you will be over or under the maximum acceptable dietary limit for mercury set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Resources for the Media

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    Movers & Shakers: Doug Karpa

    October 16th, 2014

    Turtle Island Restoration Network, an international ocean and marine conservation organization headquartered in Marin, has hired Kentfield native Doug Karpa as a staff attorney.