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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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    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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    10,000 Rain Gardens Project Final Report Now Available

    May 16th, 2011

    SPAWN and MMWD Project Issues Future Recommendations. The final report of the 10,000 Rain Garden Project, a partnership between MMWD and SPAWN, was released this week to MMWD directors and the public. In December 2009, the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) Board of Directors selected and contracted with SPAWN, the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, to launch the one-year rainwater harvesting pilot program to encourage innovative water conservation projects within the district.

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    Salmon Protection and Watershed Network Partners with Marin-Based Firm

    March 31st, 2011

    SPAWN Will Receive Donations for Salmon Protection through Home Transactions. Olema, CA. The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) has launched a new partnership with “My Broker Donates”, a Marin-based firm dedicated to providing contributions to nonprofit organizations through real estate transactions and referrals.

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    Marin County Officials Fail to Protect Endangered Coho Salmon SPAWN asks Court to Intervene

    September 15th, 2010

    Olema (September 14, 2010)– In its efforts to protect endangered salmon and to safeguard the quality of life for all Marin County residents, the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) filed suit against Marin County to compel compliance with State and Federal Law.

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    “One, Two, Three, Save Some For Me” Youth-Based Watershed Conservation

    September 9th, 2010

    SPAWN's Roots & Shoots Program Launches in Marin County with an Art Challenge in the Classrooms! Summer 2010– Marin’s Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) has joined forces with Jane Goodall’s global environmental and humanitarian program for youth called “Roots & Shoots.” As a registered Roots & Shoots partner, SPAWN will host youth community service projects providing opportunities for local students to demonstrate their care for the environment through art and watershed conservation projects. SPAWN will launch their new program this fall with a project dedicated to raising community awareness about water conservation. Directed towards local classrooms, this project strives to instill conscious use of natural resources in hope that youth can support a better future for currently imperiled aquatic species such as wild salmon.


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