San Francisco Bay Area (September 27, 2018) – Today, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill (SB 1017) that will phase out the use
SAN FRANCISCO— American conservation groups and residents of Okinawa today appealed a court ruling allowing construction of a new U.S. military base on the
The End of Death Nets: California Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Marine Wildlife from California Driftnets
San Francisco Bay Area (August 30, 2018) – Today, the California legislature passed a bill (SB 1017) that would phase out the use of
Lawsuit Settled to Protect Pacific Humpback Whale Habitat Trump Administration Agrees to Deadlines for Endangered Whales Threatened by Fishing Gear, Ship Strikes, Oil Spills
Abandoned structures and more than 16 million pounds of soil to be removed to save endangered Coho salmon Olema, Calif. (August 24, 2018) –
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.
During a workshop in February 2017, we created a pollinator garden in SPAWN’s Nursery. All plants in this garden provide pollen and nectar to
For the past 6 months I’ve worked at SPAWN as the Native Plant Nursery Intern. As my time here comes to an end, it’s
SB 1017, a bill that would transition California away from the use of large-scale driftnets, successfully cleared the California Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife. The bill was approved 10-2 and will now head to the California Assembly on Appropriations.
Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging two regulations that weaken Clean Water Act protections for rivers, streams, wetlands and other waterways, including a Trump administration decision to delay the 2015 Clean Water Rule for two years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turtle Island Restoration Network is pleased to announce that Callie Veelenturf, a marine biologist, will be the organization’s first Leatherback Fellow.
San Francisco Bay Area (May 30, 2018) – Today, SB 1017, a bill that would transition California away from the use of large-scale driftnets, successfully cleared the California Senate. The bill was approved 32-0 and will now head to the state Assembly.
Today, SB 1017, a bill that would transition California away from the use of large-scale driftnets successfully cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill will potentially be up for a full Senate floor vote next week.
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.
This month, we’re highlighting Karen Dabrusin, a long-time SPAWN volunteer. Karen started volunteering 13 years ago.
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.
By working with – rather than against – nature, we can keep people out of harm’s way and sustain our coastal communities into the future.
The campaign to end harmful driftnet fishing for swordfish, also known as “curtains of death” or “deathnets”, is making amazing progress!
A San Francisco restaurant has become the first restaurant to refuse to sell swordfish caught with California driftnets after investigative footage revealed the impacts of this fishery on marine mammals and sharks.
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.
Breaking undercover investigations conducted by marine conservation and animal protection groups expose the sickening truth behind the California commercial driftnet fishing industry.
Turtle Island Restoration Network Supports Bill to Reduce California Driftnet Fishery to Protect Marine Wildlife
Turtle Island Restoration Network, a leading ocean and marine conservation organization, is in support of a new bill authored by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) designed to protect California’s marine wildlife…
Each film simultaneously made us appalled at the current state of things, fearful for the imminent future, and then inspired to continue the fight.
We were leading a creekwalk for a high school group that was helping us seed redwoods for our 10,000 Redwoods Project when our Native Plant Nursery Intern Harry McGrath thought he saw a turtle.
Volunteers are an incredibly important part of Turtle Island Restoration Network and our many programs.
Each April, CNPS Marin puts together a fun and informative week-long series of events to invite the public to learn about the plants that are native to Marin.
(San Francisco Bay Area) March 23 2018 – Recognizing that chemicals commonly found in sunscreens and personal care products can be dangerous in marine ecosystems, Turtle Island
Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration’s Failure to Protect Pacific Humpback Whales Threatened by Fishing Gear, Ship Strikes, Oil Spills
The Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and Wishtoyo Foundation today sued the Trump administration for failing to protect humpback whale habitat in the Pacific Ocean, where the animals face threats from fisheries, ship strikes and oil spills.
Last month, a team of Turtle Island Restoration Network staff made the trek to Sacramento, California to lobby on behalf of oceans everywhere.
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.
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered Species From Trump Administration’s Rollback of Clean Water Protections
Conservation groups filed a formal notice of intent today to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for failing to consider harm to endangered species when adopting a rule that delays the effective date for the 2015 Clean Water Rule. That rule redefined which waterways are protected under the federal Clean Water Act.
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.
The Marin County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution today opposing new drilling off the California coast and fracking in existing offshore oil and gas wells.
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.
2017 has been a year of ups and downs for boots-on-the-ground and online activists. We’re not going to kid ourselves by thinking 2018 will
Forests play a major role in reducing the negative effects of ocean acidification, by absorbing and tying up carbon.
Plastics are one of the most common pollutants found in our oceans. Plastics are found in or on our clothes, body wash and nearly everything
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.
The report includes the imperiled Pacific leatherback sea turtles, whose populations face danger from California drift gillnets and longlines in Hawaii, fishing methods used to catch swordfish.
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Pacific Habitat for Humpback Whales Threatened by Fishing Gear, Ship Strikes, Oil Spills
The Center for Biological Diversity, Turtle Island Restoration Network and Wishtoyo Chumash Foundation today filed a notice of intent to sue the Trump administration for failing to protect humpback whale habitat in the Pacific Ocean, where the animals face threats from fisheries, ship strikes and oil spills.
Turtle Island Restoration Network, a leading ocean conservation organization, condemns this reversal of public lands protections.
For the first time ever, Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN), a global marine conservation nonprofit, has offered two scholarships to early career marine conservationist for its yearly Cocos Island Research Expedition.
For the first time ever, Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN), a global marine conservation nonprofit, has offered a scholarship to an early career marine conservationist for its yearly Cocos Island Expedition.
Four species of salmon have entered Marin County’s Lagunitas Creek (through Tomales Bay from the Pacific Ocean) to mark the beginning of the spawning season.
Please be a part of this local movement to protect an endangered species by sending an email to your supervisor to help them feel confident in making the best decision for all of Marin.
The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN), an initiative of Turtle Island Restoration Network, was built by volunteers. We continue to see some of
Whales, Sea Turtles Threatened by Trump Administration Proposal to Federalize West Coast Drift Gillnet Fishery
WASHINGTON— The Trump administration proposed a rule today to federalize regulation of drift gillnets used to catch swordfish on the West Coast. The
These redwoods are going to grow big and strong and help stabilize stream banks, slowing erosion and protecting the water that endangered salmon need to survive.
We’re pleased to announce that Cheryl King, a noted sea turtle biologist, will be directing TIRN’s Hawai‘i Program. King will be the organization’s first Hawai’i-based staff member, sparking a major expansion of its work in the Pacific Islands region.
A family of gray (or grey) fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) has taken up residence 15 feet from our headquarters in a pile of concrete rubble