Tocaloma Restoration Project Underway

SPAWN has recently broken ground on our most ambitious habitat restoration project yet, to restore a mile-long reach of Lagunitas Creek. The goal of this project is to ensure Coho Salmon remain part of our landscape for generations to come.

Reps. Lieu and Fitzpatrick Roll Out Bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act

Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), both Members of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, rolled out the bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, which would phase out the use of large mesh drift gillnets off the coast of California and set a path toward more sustainable fishing in the region.

5 Tips for Effective Advocacy

Advocacy is a show of public support for a policy or cause. In our case, it’s actually a combination of many various displays of support for ocean-friendly policies. We never know what will tip the scales in favor or against our causes, which is why it’s important for everyone who’s invested to make their voices heard in every way they can.

Recovering a Lost Floodplain

The Lagunitas Creek Floodplain and Riparian Restoration Project is an effort to restore a one mile-long stretch of river habitat within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jack Sherwood

This month, we’re highlighting Jack Sherwood for our volunteer spotlight! Jack has been volunteering with our Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) native plant nursery for eight months.

My Mother’s Day Wish

This Mother’s Day I don’t want flowers, a box of chocolates or a special brunch. I want something that I can give back to my daughter, sons, and their children. Something that our family has always enjoyed.

Upcoming Events with Charlotte Torgovitsky

harlotte Torgovitsky is a long-time supporter of the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) and board member of the Marin Chapter of the Native Plant Society.

Update: Ban Death Nets

The campaign to end harmful driftnet fishing for swordfish, also known as “curtains of death” or “deathnets”, is making amazing progress!

Sens. Feinstein, Harris and Capito Introduce Federal Legislation to Ban “Driftnets” in Commercial Fishing Industry

Sens. Feinstein, Harris and Capito Introduce Federal Legislation to Ban “Driftnets” in Commercial Fishing Industry
Bipartisan legislation proposed on the heels of undercover investigation of controversial fishing practice

(California, April 26) – Just two weeks after a coalition of animal protection and ocean conservation organizations released undercover video footage documenting the cruelty of the California driftnet fishery for swordfish, U.S. senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced legislation to phase out this fishery by 2020.

Lobbying for Oceans Everywhere

Last month, a team of Turtle Island Restoration Network staff made the trek to Sacramento, California to lobby on behalf of oceans everywhere.

Marin School Hits Water Conservation Milestone

While California might be facing another multi-year drought, a Marin County public school has reached a water conservation milestone: over 360,000 gallons of water saved. The water was collected and stored by a single rooftop rainwater collection system at the Lagunitas School.

Three West Marin Organizations Fight Offshore Drilling

Among the hundreds of people rallying at California’s capitol yesterday against President Trump’s offshore drilling plan were three West Marin environmental organizations: Turtle Island Restoration Network, West Marin Environmental Action Committee and Ocean Conservation Research.

Golf Course Sale Completed

On January 4, 2018 the Trust for Public Land closed escrow on the San Geronimo Golf Course, despite efforts by golfers and others to prevent the purchase.

Consider the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle

In the wake of the Trump administration scaling back national monuments and gutting protections for America’s wildlife, Turtle Island Restoration Network, an ocean and coastal watersheds conservation group, is petitioning the U.S. National Marine Fisheries (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), to designate critical habitat for the Kemp’s ridley, the world’s smallest and most endangered sea turtle, in the Gulf of Mexico.

SPAWN Loves Its Volunteers

The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN), an initiative of Turtle Island Restoration Network, was built by volunteers. We continue to see some of