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    Three Restoration Grants Totaling $665,237 Go to Salmon Projects in Marin

    March 2nd, 2015

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) has announced 2015 funding totaling $665,237 for three projects all located in West Marin’s critical Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program was awarded two of the three grants, with the third grant going to the Marin Municipal Water District.

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  • Photo by Sheryl Holden

    Sea Turtle Protection Bill Comes Up For Air

    July 2nd, 2015

    Today (July 1) Governor Bobby Jindal signed Louisiana House Bill 668 into law. Sea turtle conservation groups are welcoming the new law because it will give Louisiana law enforcement officers the power to inspect shrimp boats for Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs), which allow sea turtles to escape drowning via a turtle-sized hatch on the trawl nets. Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed a similar bill passed by the legislature in 2010.

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    UN General Assembly Will Negotiate Treaty to Protect the High Seas

    June 22nd, 2015

    fter years of working through United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process, the 27 non-profits that make up the High Seas Alliance finally convinced the United Nations General Assembly to begin work on a treat to better protect the High Seas and its marine biodiversity through a legally-binding treaty. The U.N. member states adopted the historic resolution on Friday, June 19, marking the shift to a new era of increased ocean governance of the High Seas.

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    Texas Piers are Helping to Protect Endangered Sea Turtles

    June 2nd, 2015

    Turtle Island Restoration Network (Turtle Island) has partnered with Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) to adopt the Center’s “Responsible Pier Initiative,” to promote a healthy pier environment for sea turtles and other marine life.

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    Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins on Upper Texas Coast

    April 30th, 2015

    On April 24, the Kemp’s ridley nesting season officially began on the Texas coast, with the first nest found on South Padre Island. Turtle Island Restoration Network patrol teams have been walking along the Upper Texas Coast for weeks now, looking for sea turtles, crawl tracks, and disturbances in the dunes that would indicate a sea turtle had left the water to look for a suitable place to lay eggs.



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    Latest Round of Proposed Gulf Restoration Projects in Texas are Right on the Mark

    June 9th, 2015

    A consortium of conservation and environmental groups are praising the Texas projects identified in the latest Early Restoration Plan proposed by the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) trustees.

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    El Niño Triggers Temporary Drift Gillnet Fishery Closure off Southern California

    June 2nd, 2015

    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced it will close southern California ocean waters to drift gillnets in order to protect endangered loggerhead sea turtles. This legally mandated closure went into effect June 1 according to regulation and is prompted by current El Niño conditions--warmer than normal ocean waters. The closure will stay in effect until August 31, 2015.

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    Ecuador Seizes 200,000 Shark Fins

    May 30th, 2015

    Yesterday, the Ministry of Interior of Ecuador released a video showing Vice Minister Diego Fuentes explaining that 200,000 shark fins (which corresponds to roughly 40,000 sharks) had been seized in a series of operations. The Ecuador government arrested three people and confiscated several fire arms.

  • Photo by Edwar Herreno, Undersea Hunter.

    American Airlines Announces on Twitter Shark Fin Shipment Ban

    April 7th, 2015

    For Immediate Release   San Jose, Costa Rica (April 7, 2015)– Conservation groups PRETOMA and Turtle Island Restoration Network found evidence that hammerhead sharks

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