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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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    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.

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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.

Summer Salmon Institute

Sea Turtles

  • Turtle Island Volunteer Walks Beach for Turtle Patrol

    May 18th, 2015

    Bridgete Dix checks the sand for Kemp's ridley tracks as she walks a stretch of the beach during one of her Turtle Island Restoration Network patrols.

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    Turtle Nesting Season Closely Watched for Signs of Decline

    May 18th, 2015

    The nesting season for the world's most endangered sea turtle, and official sea turtle of Texas, begins amid fears that it may be facing a decline after a rally that lasted more than a decade and had federal officials ready to take it off the endangered species list.

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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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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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    Tax-Deductible Cocos Dive Trips, and Others Around the World

    April 8th, 2014

    My two previous trips to Cocos Island were on the MV Argo, another of the Undersea Hunter fleet, to assist biologists from the U.S.-based Sea Turtle Restoration Network ( STRN; www.seaturtles.org ) and the Costa Rican group PRETOMA (www.pretoma.org ). Our mission was to tag sharks and capture sea turtles at Cocos' iconic dive sites, which meant I had to override my "programming" of not harassing sea life.

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    Cocos Island November 2013 Expedition Report

    November 22nd, 2013

    As part of a research program to understand the ecology and movements of sharks and turtles within and beyond the borders of Costa Rica’s Cocos Island National Park (Cocos), participants spent nine days at Cocos capturing and tagging sea turtles and sharks.

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    National Geographic NewsWatch covers Turtle Island’s Cocos Island Expeditions

    August 16th, 2013

    Citizen Divers Enlisted in Conservation Study of Sea Turtles And Sharks at Cocos Island National Park, the “Most Beautiful Island in the World”

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    Cocos Island September/ October 2012 Expedition Report

    October 6th, 2012

    As part of a research program to understand the ecology and movements of sharks and turtles within and beyond the borders of Costa Rica’s Cocos Island National Park (Cocos), participants spent nine days at Cocos capturing and tagging sea turtles and sharks.

Mammals & Seabirds

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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.

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    Feds agree to seafood import rules aimed at protecting whales, dolphins

    January 7th, 2015

    “The public demands and the U.S. can — and by law, must — wield its tremendous purchasing power to save dolphins and whales from foreign fishing nets,” said Todd Steiner, biologist and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network. “We have the right to ensure that the seafood sold in the U.S. is caught in ways that minimize the death and injury of marine mammals.”

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    US To Implement Dolphin-Safe Rules For Seafood Imports

    January 6th, 2015

    The U.S. government settled with environmental groups on Monday in the U.S. Court of International Trade, agreeing to implement legislation that ensures seafood imported into the United States meets the country's standards for protecting whales and dolphins.

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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.

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.

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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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    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.