One Step Closer to Ending Use of Drift Gillnets in California

This September, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) issued a landmark ruling that will put in place stronger regulations for the California drift gillnet fishery for swordfish. These new policies come after years of advocacy by Turtle Island Restoration Network and our partners, and may finally set the course to phase out the use of mile-long drift gillnets in California for good.

Landmark New Rules to Protect California’s Whales, Dolphins and Sea turtles from the Drift Gillnet Fishery

The Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) adopted a strict new rule for California’s drift gillnet fishery to protect nine vulnerable marine species. The rule will institute new “hard caps” that can automatically shut the fishery down if hard limits are reached in any two-year period, reflecting a new no-nonsense approach to dealing with ongoing damage to rare and threatened species, including sperm whales, humpback whales, fin whales, green sea turtles, leatherback sea turtles, loggerhead sea turtles, olive ridley sea turtles, pilot whales and bottle nosed dolphins. In addition, the PFMC also instituted new performance standards for discards.

Photography for a Change Transformation

After much consideration I ended up picking ‘Celeste Wave Break’ by Dana Bove, the show’s founder. I love how he captured this moment when the wave is about to crash down. It’s such a unique perspective that makes the ocean almost morph into a mountain for a split second.

Photography for a Change’s Roy Kimhi

Roy is one of the featured photographer’s in Photography for a Change’s incredible online show. As a quick recap for those of you who haven’t already heard, Photography for a Change, provides exquisite photographs of our natural environs.

Crowdsourcing to Spot Illegal Fishing Vessels at Cocos Island Marine Protected Area

DigitalGlobe’s crowdsourcing platform has formed a partnership with ocean and marine conservation non-profit Turtle Island Restoration Network,, to create the first crowdsourced digital patrol of the Cocos Island Marine Protected Area in order to defend one of the Pacific Ocean’s most vibrant marine life habitats. Located 340 miles off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Cocos Island is home to numerous rare and endangered marine species, and has been subject to illegal fishing practices in its difficult-to-monitor waters.

KWMR Radio! Host Lyons Filmer Interviews Author Dr. Wallace J. Nichols

Listen in to KWMR’s interview with Turtle Island’s Board Member and NY Times bestselling author Wallace J Nichols on his innovative book, Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do, which explores the cutting edge neuroscience that shows the benefits of being close to water.

Leatherback Sea Turtle Sighting Near Pacifica, CA

One of the first confirmed sighting of an endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle occurred this week on Saturday, Aug. 15th by Pedro Point in Pacifica, Calif. and marks the start of their annual summer feeding season off the coast of California.

Help Track Down Illegal Fishing Boats Online

Turtle Island Restoration Network is proud to announce a new pilot program to find illegal fishing vessels within the Marine Protected Area surrounding Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Turtle Island teamed up with DigitalGlobe’s crowdsourcing platform,, to create one of the first crowd sourced, digital patrols of the marine hot-spot.

EVENT: Blue Mind Meet the Authors Reception & Book Talk on August 22nd, 2015

Join Turtle Island’s board and staff to meet the authors at an exclusive pre-event benefit reception and a reserved seat for the Book Talk will be included in your ticket price. Enjoy wine, beer and hearty hors d’oeuvres at the beautiful Dance Palace in West Marin. Learn more about our work and enjoy a silent auction. Your ticket purchase will support our work to protect sea turtles, dolphins, whales, sharks, salmon and our world’s oceans.

U.S. to Mexico: Stop Sea Turtle Deaths or Suffer Sanctions

The National Marine Fisheries Service, a U.S. federal agency, announced today that Mexico’s fisheries are killing too many endangered loggerhead sea turtles. As a result the United States will levy an embargo on Mexican seafood imports if Mexico fails to tighten its fishing regulations to protect the turtles.

Turtle Island in D.C.

ast week I had the opportunity to visit our nation’s capital and speak about the importance of ocean and marine conservation with our legislators.

Feds Propose New Rules to Protect Whales, Dolphins in Other Countries

The National Marine Fisheries Service today proposed major regulations prohibiting the import of seafood into the United States from fisheries that kill whales and dolphins in excess of U.S. standards. Under the new rules, all fisheries worldwide will have to comply with essentially the same marine mammal protection requirements as U.S. fishermen or face an embargo from the lucrative U.S. seafood market.

Meet Photography for a Change’s Ron Wooten

Ron is one of the featured photographer’s in Photography for a Change’s incredible online show. As a quick recap for those of you who haven’t already heard, Photography for a Change, provides exquisite photographs of our natural environs. This show features four photographers who have generously donated their images and prints to support Turtle Island Restoration Network.

Drones & Submarines Assist Scientists At Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica

During a recent scientific expedition to Cocos Island National Park (May 4-15, 2015), small two and three passenger submarines known as submersibles were used to deploy acoustic listening stations at 180 m (590 ft) depth, an inflatable boat was used to catch sharks and implant acoustic tracking tags, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, also known as drones) were used to patrol from above in search of marine wildlife below. The expedition was directed by Randall Arauz, Central American Director of the Turtle Island Restoration Network (Turtle Island), in collaboration with Costa Rica’s National System of Protected Areas (SINAC) and the Cocos Island Marine Conservation Area (ACMIC), and with the companies Alucia Productions II, Precision Integrated and Aeroval.

Photography for a Change Show to Benefit Turtle Island Restoration Network

Turtle Island Restoration Network is proud to announce that we are teaming up with Photography for a Change to offer you high quality, fine art prints from top, emerging photographers. For a limited time you can purchase these stunning prints that put you in an ocean state of mind, liven up your walls and help protect our world’s oceans and marine wildlife!

We Did It! Gov. Jindal Protects Gulf of Mexico Sea Turtles from Drowning in Trawl Nets at Long Last

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.

Thank You Briggitte

Thank you to Briggitte, our Gulf of Mexico Sea Turtle Action Center Intern.

UN General Assembly Will Negotiate Treaty to Protect the High Seas

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.

Kemp Ridley’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season is in Full Swing!

Spring is turning into Summer on the Texas coast, and that means that nesting season for the critically endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle is nearly at an end. Numbers are still rolling in as late-comers arrive to mate and lay their eggs, but the data is promising.

Turtle Island Joins Sea Party Coalition!

The Sea Party Coalition represents coastal and inland cities and towns, businesses, fishermen, surfers, divers, boaters and other concerned citizens regardless of political affiliation who support a healthy and vibrant coastal economy and oppose proposed new oil surveying and drilling along the Atlantic Coast and in the U.S. Arctic Ocean.

Fate of Sea Turtles & Sharks Land on Gulf of Mexico Governors Desks

The governors of two important Gulf of Mexico states – Texas and Louisiana – face pivotal decisions surrounding marine wildlife. In both states legislators have voted in favor of protecting ocean wildlife, now all eyes are on Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

El Niño Triggers Temporary Drift Gillnet Fishery Closure off Southern California

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.

Texas Piers are Helping to Protect Endangered Sea Turtles

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.

Turtle Nesting Season Closely Watched for Signs of Decline

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.

Volunteers on the Lookout for Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Nests

It’s not likely Bridget Dix will see the official sea turtle of Texas, the endangered Kemp’s ridley, but that doesn’t stop her from making a five-mile walk down a Galveston beach.

Searching the dunes and checking the sand for tracks, Dix walks one of the six stretches of beach that volunteers with the Turtle Island Restoration Network patrol. Dix is one of about 120 volunteers who will be walking almost 27 miles of beach a day looking for Kemp’s ridleys as they make their way up the beach to nest.

House Bill 668 to Save Sea Turtles from Shrimp Trawls Moves Forward

The Louisiana House of Representatives took a big step forward on May 6 when they unanimously approved House Bill 668 repealing a 1987 bill which has hurt the economy of the shrimp industry and the reputation of the state. The bill has now gone to the Senate and, if passed, will go forward to Governor Jindal for his signature.

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins on Upper Texas Coast

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.

Letter to the Editor: Bring the Bag

The efforts of the an island group – “Bring the Bag
– to raise awareness of the risks of single-use plastic bags is deserving of attention and applause. The group, which is not seeking a ban on single-use plastic bags in Galveston, is working to encourage a healthier, greener and clearer environment and community. That is a goal we should all share.

A Bag’s Life campaign a lesson in the 3 Rs

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.

Bringing the bag

In honor of Earth Day, environmental volunteers and thousands of school kids are working to support one mission: reduce single-use plastic bags in Galveston.
Students in the Galveston Island Independent School District collected 683,100 bags in a five-month “A Bag’s Life” competition.

BP Funding Designated to Save Endangered Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles

Five years after the devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees have announced another milestone in Gulf of Mexico early restoration. The Trustees and BP have identified approximately $134 million in proposed early restoration projects for inclusion in a draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan.

Turtle Love

We felt it would be fitting to have a turtle grace our cover for this April issue. After all, the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nesting season begins each year in April and lasts through early August.

Protecting honu

LIHUE — Hawaii’s green sea turtles should continue to be classified as threatened because its population is small and nearly all of them nest

Louisiana shrimpers: Time to enforce federal sea turtle laws

A key industry panel wants Louisiana lawmakers to repeal a 1987 law that prohibits state fisheries agents from enforcing federal rules designed to protect sea turtles by outfitting shrimpers’ nets with special escape hatches for threatened and endangered turtles.

Endangered Gulf of Mexico Sea Turtles Splash into Jindal’s Presidential Bid

Conservation groups are taking a hard look at Gov. Bobby Jindal’s environmental record in advance of his expected campaign announcement in June[1]. Turtle Island Restoration Network published an op-ed this week in the Houston Chronicle highlighting how Jindal has failed to protect the endangered sea turtles in his home state of Louisiana.

Shark Fin Rock, Marvelous Manta Rays & Pirate Lore (Day 7)

And that’s when we met an endangered Giant Manta Ray. Giant Manta Rays are the largest of all species of Rays and are instantly recognizable underwater by their size and horn-like features (which is why they are also known raya diablo). The Ray came from the blue and gave us a show – flapping its wings and gliding with such power and grace that we had no

The Sea Turtles & Science (Day 6)

Today the Blue Team caught the first sea turtle of the journey – a Hawksbill named Georgina! They approached the main boat the Argo shouting “sea turtle!” I was about to meet my very first sea turtle!

Ana Berninger’s Turtle Island Internship Experience

My six months interning for Turtle Island has reached an end, and as I wrap up my last week here I am in awe of the amount of work I have accomplished in such a short time frame, and of the experiences I have gained.

Follow Our Feb. Cocos Island Expedition – Day by Day Trip Reports

Follow our Feb. Cocos Island Expedition in this series of blog posts. The expedition set out to track sea turtles and sharks in order to create a protected science-based swimway that will safeguard endangered marine wildlife during their migrations in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

En Route to Cocos Island (Day 1)

I’m en route to Cocos Island, Costa Rica with Turtle Island Restoration Network. Our goal is to try and figure out where endangered sea turtles and sharks that visit the Island swim, and then try and create the world’s first international swimway to protect these underwater superhighways used by these animals during their migrations.

Following HEART: How a Houston-area Elementary School Helped the Kemp Ridley’s

HEART (Help Endangered Animals-Ridley Turtles) began at Oak Creek Elementary school (now Reynolds Elementary) near Houston in 1982.

As the HEART Founder, I kept records showing what school children contributed to help the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico that were on the brink of extinction. A number of students were chosen by the principal to form the first HEART Council and look for ways to help the Kemp’s ridleys.

Q&A on Driftnets with Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael)

I have always believed we need to be good stewards of our environment for future generations. Our ocean and its marine wildlife is an integral component of that. The health of our ocean affects our air, food, and coastal communities. California’s health is directly tied to the health of the ocean.

United Nations, Environmental Groups Condemn Verdict in Jairo Mora Murder Case

“We are outraged that nearly two years later, there has been no justice for the brutal murder of Jairo,” said Todd Steiner, executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network, which offered up part of a $10,000 reward for information on the case. “We call on the Costa Rican government to appeal the decision and find a way to convict the criminals of this heinous crime, or locate and convict those responsible. Failure to do so can have serious consequences for conservation and eco-tourism in this nation that has built its reputation on its peace with nature, safety of visitors and respect for the rule of law.”

Super PAC created to boost Bobby Jindal presidential bid

Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has scoffed at the Endangered Species Act
regulations to save endangered sea turtles in its state waters for years.
Now, he wants to run for president! What other federal laws would he ignore
if he became president? Now is the time for Governor Jindal to show the
country that he respects a law that was passed by Congress over 25 years ago
and is honored by all other coastal states! Should he run for president if
his own state is breaking a federal law?

Bigeye Tuna Remains on Hawaii’s Menu — But for How Long?

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.

Assemblyman Richard Bloom Joins Lawmakers To Phase Out California Drift Gillnets

With the full support of Turtle Island Restoration Network, OCEANA, and other marine conservations organizations, California Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), and Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) this week called on the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service to transition away from deadly California drift gillnets.

2014 Victories for Gulf Sea Turtles!

Turtle Island Restoration Network is committed to helping the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle become an endangered species success story, but there is much work

Technology and more than 32,000 Square Miles of Area Closures Will Safeguard Atlantic Bluefin Tuna in the New Year

Turtle Island Restoration Network delivered more than 3,800 petitions to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) supporting greater protections for Atlantic bluefin tuna populations. After five years of work by Turtle Island, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and our partners, on Dec. 2, 2014, NOAA Fisheries officially announced new, stricter regulations for the U.S. Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery.

Sea Turtle Strandings

Due to unusual cold spells in early November, as of November 21st more than 400 cold-stunned sea turtles – mostly Kemp’s ridleys and loggerheads – were recovered from shorelines of Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia. This is triple the amount of turtles from 2013.

Sea Turtle Saturday & Sea Turtle Saturday for Kids

As the 2015 Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nesting season approaches, you’ll want to make plans to attend this event presented by Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council (GINTC) to learn about and celebrate the sea turtle. You will also find out how you can become involved in helping preserve this extremely endangered species.

GivingTuesday is Tuesday, December 1st

#GivingTuesday™ is a movement created to celebrate giving on the Tuesday following Cyber Monday. Join in by making a donation to Turtle Island on Dec. 2nd!

Fears Confirmed: Texas Turtle in Trouble

Carole Allen, Gulf Office Director of Turtle Island Restoration Network, and Joanie Steinhaus, Campaign Director of the Turtle Island Restoration Network Galveston Office, attended

Turtle Island Call for Action on Ocean Acidification.

Turtle Island signed on to an open letter addressed to Washington Governor Inslee’s commending him for his leadership on ocean acidification, and also addressed to the Department of Ecology asking that they follow suit and also take action on ocean acidification.


“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.”

Scientists Sound Alarm on Texas Turtle

Scientists from the United States and Mexico will congregate in Brownsville starting Tuesday to discuss an unexpected setback for the official Texas sea turtle, which had been making a remarkable recovery from near extinction.

Nominate Turtle Island for Heart of Marin Awards

Have you sent in your nomination for the 22nd Annual CVNL Heart of Marin Awards? Please nominate Turtle Island Restoration Network for the ‘Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence’ award; And please nominate a dedicated SPAWN volunteer for ‘Volunteer of the Year.’

Turtle Island Attends Historic Convention on Migratory Species to Promote the Record Number of Protections Proposed for Sharks, Rays & Marine Mammals

Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Executive Director Todd Steiner and Conservation Science Director Alex Hearn are in Quito, Ecuador attending the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) to lobby for the inclusion of several species needing greater protection including silky sharks, hammerhead shark, mobula ray’s and other marine species such as the polar bear.

Film, Sea turtles, Day of Dead Converge

It all begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Half Moon Bay Library at 620 Correas St. in Half Moon Bay. There, Coastside filmmaker Gail Evenari, the library and the Marin County-based Turtle Island Restoration Network will team up to present an evening of learning.

Why We’re Petitioning Louisiana’s Governor

Why should we care about Louisiana and its sea turtles? Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana received more than 7,000 petitions on Oct. 22 asking him to take action to protect endangered sea turtles in Louisiana waters.

Sea Turtle Supporters Call on Gov. Jindal to Enforce Increased Protection Measures

More than 7,000 Louisiana residents are calling on Gov. Bobby Jindal to increase protection for sea turtles along coastal waters.Members of the Turtle Island Restoration Network attempted to deliver the petitions to Jindal’s office Tuesday, but were only able to by mail and email. Supporters are calling on him to show a stronger environmental record, among other demands.

Constituents Demand Protection for Louisiana Sea Turtles

Turtle Island Restoration Network will present Gov. Bobby Jindal with over 7,000 petitions from Louisiana residents and concerned citizens from around the country asking Gov. Jindal to take action to protect endangered Louisiana sea turtles in state waters.

Movers & Shakers: Doug Karpa

Turtle Island Restoration Network, an international ocean and marine conservation organization headquartered in Marin, has hired Kentfield native Doug Karpa as a staff attorney.

Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day

Today is Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day! Today is a day to celebrate conservation achievements and to continue to work for real protections for these critically endangered sea turtles.

Oct. 15th is Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day

Today is Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day! Two years ago on this day Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1776 into law and declared Oct. 15th an official celebratory day for the endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtles that swim off the coast of California. Turtle Island Restoration Network championed the awareness-raising bill, which was sponsored by California Assemblymember Paul Fong. Now, on Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day, Turtle Island is calling for action to safeguard these gentle ocean giants from the Hawaiian longline fisheries for swordfish and tuna, and for the closure of the costly driftnet fishery off the coast of California.

Turtle Power

With Turtle Island Restoration Network opening its Galveston office on Monday, the Gulf Coast sea turtles have someone watching their leatherbacks. Helped by Rob

Be a Sea Turtle this Halloween!

This Halloween dress up as a sea turtle! Doing so will help raise awareness about endangered sea turtles in your neighborhood, and also save you

Intern Spotlight: Meet Sara Gendel

Sara Gendel, a graduate student at Bard College in New York, joined the Turtle Island Restoration Network team this July as our newest conservation intern.

Shark Scientists Focus on Finding Out Where Threatened Sharks Swim at International Bogotá Conference

Shark scientists gathered last week at a conference organized by the Colombian Presidential Agency for International Cooperation to learn how to effectively track the migration patterns and behavior of threatened sharks species with specialized underwater acoustic tags,* as well as strengthen the Latin-American Migramar network of scientists studying marine migratory patterns in the Eastern Pacific.

Finding of ‘Gross Negligence’ by BP Should Provide States with More Funds for Recovery of Endangered Sea Turtle Populations

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruled yesterday, that BP’s “gross negligence” and reckless behavior caused the catastrophic oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Millions of dollars of BP money has already been sent to the five coastal states impacted (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas), but so far none of those funds have been allotted for endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle recovery efforts. This ruling could provide impacted states with more clean up funds that may at last open the door to help recovery efforts for the world’s smallest sea turtle, the Kemp’s ridley.

Protecting Western Australia’s Seas from Natural Gas Development

Turtle Island Restoration Network strongly opposes the siting of any Liquefied Natural Gas processing hub or any other industrial development at James Price Point/Walmadany as such a development would permanently destroy wild and sacred lands along the pristine Kimberley coast and open the door to wide scale industrialization of the coastline.

The Summer Salmon Institute Goes Swimmingly

Thanks to Turtle Island Restoration Network’s hard work, and funding provided by the NOAA BWET grant, this years Summer Salmon Institute was a huge success. Teachers spent the week learning about hands on watershed education and it’s links to the newly adopted Next Generation Science Standards.

Endangered Sea Turtle in Jeopardy of Extinction

Are you ready to tell the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, the official sea turtle of Texas, goodbye? That’s not a far-fetched notion. Their future is uncertain if the federal government continues to push them toward extinction.

An Intern’s Account of Turtle Island

I had no idea what to expect from a non-profit environmental organization when I agreed to a six-month internship with Turtle Island Restoration Network

Cocos Island Marine Protected Area Sky Patrol Project

Schools of hammerhead sharks, Silky, Galapagos and Tiger sharks, and gentle sea turtles abound in the waters surrounding Cocos Island National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cocos Island sits approximately 350 miles from the Costa Rican mainland and is surrounded by a 12-mile no-take Marine Protected Area.

Cocos Island Expedition Update from Graduate Student Elena Nalesso

Turtle Island Restoration Network is sponsoring graduate student Elena Nalesso in her efforts to better understand the sharks of the Cocos Islands. Elena is currently completing her thesis on the island’s sharks and recently returned from her first Cocos Island Expedition.

Swordfish Drift Gillnet Fishery Restricted to Protect Loggerhead Sea Turtles

In response to pressure from Turtle Island and conservation groups, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced an area closure for the swordfish drift gillnet fishery in the Pacific Ocean off Southern California from July 25 through August 31 to prevent entanglements and drownings of endangered loggerhead sea turtles.

Free, Bi-lingual Snapshot Contest Educates Public About California’s Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtles

Turtle Island Restoration Network and the California Coastal Conservancy are sponsoring the bi-lingual Be a California Sea Turtle Hero: Sea Turtle Sand Castle Snapshot Contest to raise awareness about endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtles and encourage exploration of the California Coast. The contest is free and open to everyone, and the winner will receive a three-night stay at San Diego’s oceanfront family resort, La Jolla Coves Suites.

Be a California Sea Turtle Hero

Enter Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Sea Turtle Sand Castle Snapshot Contest and you could win a stay on California’s coast at La Jolla Coves Suites!

Kansas is a Coastal State

Guest blog by Judith Scherff Kansas is a coastal state.  Even though one is unable to drive to a beach within its borders, Kansas

Suit Filed to Protect Endangered Pacific Loggerhead Sea Turtles From Nets

A lawsuit filed by Turtle Island Restoration Network and Center for Biological Diversity today seeks to protect endangered sea turtles off the coast of Southern California by requiring the National Marine Fisheries Service to implement the Pacific Loggerhead Conservation Area, a fishery closure during June, July and August of predicted El Niño years.

Loggerhead Sea Turtles Win Room to Roam, Habitat Protection

After more than five years of delay, threatened loggerhead sea turtles today won federal protection of critical habitat — 685 miles of beaches from Mississippi to North Carolina and more than 300,000 square miles of ocean — on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Following a 2013 lawsuit by Turtle Island Restoration Network and conservation groups, the federal government designated important nesting beaches and ocean waters off several states as protected areas essential for loggerhead recovery in the largest designation of “critical habitat” ever.

Sea Turtle Swims Into History

Sanjay, a 117-pound male, Pacific green sea turtle made history when he swam from the protected water of Cocos Island Marine National Park in Costa Rica and crossed into the Galapagos Marine Reserve in Ecuador.

El Niño Triggers Urgent Need, Legal Requirement to Close Fishery to Protect Endangered Sea Turtles From Nets

Turtle Island and conservation groups called out the National Marine Fisheries Service today for failing to implement the legally-mandated closure of the drift gillnet fishery in Southern California waters to protect endangered loggerhead sea turtles. El Niño conditions — warmer than normal waters — attract endangered loggerhead sea turtles to fishing grounds, where they risk entanglement in nets.

Are You Ready to Tell the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Goodbye?

YES, I mean the Official Sea Turtle of the State of Texas! Their future is uncertain if the federal government continues to push them toward extinction! In 1985, the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, often called the “Heartbreak Turtle,” was very close to extinction with only a few hundred females nesting on the northeast Gulf coast of Mexico and in Texas. Unwilling to allow this small sea turtle to join the Passenger Pigeon, the Carolina Parakeet and many other species in extinction, the United States began working to save it.

Green turtle links Costa Rica’s Cocos Island with Ecuador’s Galapagos

One normal migration for turtles, one giant discovery for humankind. With his 14-day journey from the waters of Costa Rica’s Cocos Island National Park to the Galapagos Marine Reserve in Ecuador, “Sanjay,” an endangered green sea turtle, established the first direct migration link between the two protected areas.

Tortuga Marine Verde ‘Sanjay’ Realiza Migración Histórica

Sanjay, una tortuga marina verde (Chelonia mydas agassizii) macho, de 53 kilogramos, hizo historia este lunes 16 de junio al completar una migración de 14 días entre el Parque Nacional Marino de Cocos en Costa Rica y la Reserva Marina de Galápagos en Ecuador. Sanjay es el primer ejemplar de esta especie amenazada en conectar directamente a estas dos áreas marinas protegidas, y demuestra la conectividad existente en el Pacifico Este Tropical, y la importancia de proteger las rutas migratorias.

World Oceans Day at Tamalpias High School

Turtle Island Restoration Network celebrated World Oceans Day on June 8th by joining local no-profits at an event put on by the Ocean Conservation Club at Tamalpais

Saving Our Sea Turtles

By Katherine Adams Education and awareness reduce risk for the Kemps ridley, the official turtle of Texas This year marks Galveston’s 175th birthday, and

 Emergency Regulations Imposed to Protect Sperm Whales from California Fishery

Today the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced emergency actions designed to protect endangered sperm whales from being caught in the California swordfish/thresher shark drift gillnet fishery. The emergency rule, prompted by advocacy by conservation groups, goes into effect tomorrow. The overdue regulations came 20 days after the drift gillnet fishing season opened in offshore waters beyond 75 nautical miles.

Gladstone Dredging Project ‘Not Consistent with Best Practice’

“To allow dirty energy companies to industrialise this critical nesting and feeding haven for sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef will push these vulnerable marine animals ever closer to the brink,” said Teri Shore, program director of Turtle Island Restoration Network in California.

International Sea Turtle Society Calls On Mexico Stop Endangered Sea Turtle Bycatch in Fishery

The International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS) passed a strongly worded resolution urging Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto to stop the high rates of bycatch of endangered North Pacific loggerhead turtles in commercial fisheries operating in the Gulf of Ulloa, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Each year Mexican fisheries off the southern Baja California peninsula kill more than 2,000 endangered loggerheads as they fish for halibut and sharks.

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Advisory

The critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles return to the beaches of Texas and Mexico in April, May and June every year to lay their eggs. Just this week on April 27 and 28 the first two Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nests of the 2014 season were found on the Padre Island National Seashore, according to Dr. Donna Shaver of Padre Island National Seashore.

Facts on Assembly Bill 2019

Replacing wasteful driftnets with cleaner gears will create a sustainable fishery by minimizing bycatch and ensuring long-term fishing opportunity.

Galveston Oil Spill is Wake up Call for Texas

Although an unknown amount of oil may have reached Texas beaches from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, the collision of a barge and a ship in Galveston Bay on March 24, 2014 is a wake-up call for the state. Thousands of gallons of oil leaked into the Bay as the spring migration of birds begins.

Lawsuit Launched to Protect Sea Turtles From Drowning in Shrimp Fishing Nets

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Conservation groups notified the National Marine Fisheries Service today of their intent to sue over the agency’s failure to complete a long-overdue analysis of the impacts of shrimp trawling on threatened and endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Southeast Atlantic Ocean. Shrimp trawlers operating in the southeast United States capture and kill over 53,000 threatened and endangered sea turtles each year.

Threats to GBR Turtles

The massive Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Coal Seam Gas (CGS) and coal facilities and ports currently underway or planned in the Great Barrier Reef

U.S. Bank Funds Dirty Mine in Australia

December 19, 2013: Today the U.S. Export-Import Bank approved US $694 million in financing for the massive Roy’s Hill Mine project in Western Australia

A Whale of a Time: Interns at Sea

During my time working with Turtle Island Restoration Network  as a sea turtle conservation intern, California has shown me some incredible things that I

CA’s First Pacific Leatherback Conservation Day – Oct. 15

California’s first official Pacific Leatherback Conservation Day on October 15 comes at the peak of the season for leatherbacks feeding on jellyfish along the state’s coastline. As many as 300 endangered leatherbacks swim the coastline every year in search of jellyfish. While many threats to the survival of the critically endangered sea turtle remain, California’s coast is today a safe haven for this ancient marine species.

Avoid Red-Listed Louisiana Shrimp Warns Seafood Watch

A Seafood Watch assessment of the U. S. shrimp fishery in the Gulf of Mexico has for the first time listed all Louisiana wild-caught shrimp as “red” and warned seafood consumers to “avoid” eating or buying it due to its harm to endangered sea turtles. Louisiana is the only state that prohibits enforcement of federal Turtle Excluder Device (TED) regulations in its shrimp trawl fishery.

California Drift Gillnet Bycatch

These photos depict only a fraction of the horrible scenes that play out every day as marine wildlife is caught and killed as bycatch in the California Drift Gillnet fishery. These images were obtained by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project through the Freedom of Information Act from NOAA.

President Obama Urged to Impose Trade Sanctions on Mexico Fisheries

MEXICO CITY— As President Obama raises thorny trade issues in Mexico today, U.S. conservation groups are calling on him to tackle fisheries reform as well. Coinciding with the president’s trip to Mexico this week, the groups formally urged him to impose trade sanctions against Mexico if the country doesn’t take immediate action to stop its massive endangered loggerhead sea turtle bycatch.

Feds Clamp Down on Whale Kills in California’s Drift Gillnet Fishery

New Report Details Top 10 Reasons to End California’s Deadliest Catch – Swordfish

New federal emergency fishing regulations are forcing California’s drift gillnet fleet for swordfish and shark to stop fishing for the season if a single endangered sperm whale gets entangled in a net. All vessels that fish offshore will now be required to carry on-board observers at all times.

Arrests Made in Costa Rica Following Worldwide Rallies for Jairo Mora Sandoval, Murdered Sea Turtle Activist

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica— Costa Rican authorities made arrests Wednesday in connection with the murder of Jairo Mora Sandoval, a sea turtle activist who was murdered in Costa Rica two months ago. The arrests, made in a series of raids near Limón, were announced Thursday, the same day as demonstrations around the world, led by Turtle Island Restoration Network ( and the Center for Biological Diversity, demanded justice for Mora

Protections Won for Loggerhead Habitat in Southeast U.S. Waters

SAN FRANCISCO— After more than five years of delay, the federal government today finally proposed to protect 36 areas of ocean habitat across six states for loggerhead sea turtles, in response to a lawsuit filed by Turtle Island and partner organizations.

Katy’s Turtally Awesome Summer

When I was just three years old, my mother took me to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois.  When I came across the large

Eco Barons and Oprah!

Years ago, Edward Humes, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, called Carole Allen (me) in Houston and asked what I had done and continued to

Swordfish Caught in Driftnets is California’s Deadliest Catch

The California drift gillnet fishery for swordfish and shark is the most dangerous fishery for whales and other marine mammals along the U.S. West Coast from California to Alaska. A new federal review of marine mammal bycatch in commercial fisheries found that the drift gillnet fleet is causing more harm to whales than ever

Victory For Australia’s Kimberly

Huge News! Oil giant Woodside Petroleum just pulled out of Kimberley Browse Basin Gas Project. The Broome No Gas Community has won a major

Galveston City Council Votes to Keep Kemp’s Ridley Eggs on the Island!

The Galveston (Texas) City Council spoke up for retaining the eggs of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles that are laid along the Upper Texas coast in Galveston at their Friday, March 29 meeting. Since the endangered sea turtles began laying eggs on the Upper Texas Coast, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has required the eggs to be moved to the Padre Island National Seashore for incubation and release of the hatchlings.

Teal’s Turtle-tastic Time

People always ask me, why sea turtles? What makes you love them so much? And despite the fact that they have outlived the dinosaurs,

Kari’s Turtle Travels

This summer I was able to go to Costa Rica and work with Green sea turtles in Tortuguero. Also while I was there I

New Science on Australia’s Sea Turtles

New science documenting important nesting, migration and foraging habitat for Western Australia’s sea turtles was revealed at the first-ever Western Australian Sea Turtle Symposium

Where There Is a Will, There Is a Way

This summer I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to intern with the Sea Turtle Restoration Project in their northern California headquarters

Kimberly No Gas Protest News

Some of the activists who have flown to Broome to picket against Woodside Petroleum’s controversial Browse gas hub development are “professional protesters”, West Australian

Conserving West Coast Leatherbacks

Read the Bay Crossings story below, or go to the website here. The endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle swims 6,000 miles across the pacific

Chevron Bites in Turtle Country

Dow Jones reported this afternoon that California-based Chevron is appealing the weak environmental conditions imposed by the compliant environmental authority in Western Australia on

Obama Confirms BP Burned Turtles

In response to STRP’s calls to end BP’s burning of turtles and to prosecute the oil corporation for its actions, The Guardian newspaper in

Reflections on My STRP Internship

When I was in elementary school I absolutely loved visiting aquariums, learning about the different kinds of fish and snorkeling in the ocean. Even

10,000 Rain Gardens Project Final Report Now Available

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.

Kemp’s Ridley Discarded in Houston!

Dr. Joe Flanagan, senior veterinarian at the Houston Zoo, had a call Tuesday from the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Houston SPCA. Someone had brought

Turtle-deadly Fishery Is Not Sustainable

Thirty-five Conservation Groups Oppose Marine Stewardship Council Certification of Canadian Swordfish Fishery Turtle Island Restoration Network and 35 ocean conservation groups have sounded the

Sea turtle expert to challenge fishing gear fixes at Fisheries Forum

Ocean conservationist Todd Steiner, who has won strong protections for sea turtles from commercial swordfish fisheries along California’s coast, will challenge fishermen to do more than just change gear types to prevent sea turtles and other marine animals from accidental capture and drowning on longlines and in drift gillnets.

Sea Turtle Nesting Time in Texas!

The Kemp’s ridley nesting season has begun all along the Texas coast. The first ridley nest in Mexico was found on March 30 and

Flatback Sea Turtle

This species of sea turtle gets its name from its flat shell.  Flatbacks are can be found in the tropical areas of the Australia

Turtle Wrangling

Last night I spent almost the whole night out on the beach with our crew of “turtle wranglers” and today slept all day and

Thanksgiving Gulf Shrimp News

Shrimping Industry Gives Thanks for Release of Bad News During T’Giving Holiday Week   Recent Stories You Didn’t Hear About…   8 shrimpers fined

Fun and Games with Chevron

A dispatch from Rainforest Action Network’s Change Chevron Campaign: Continuing the comedic wave of Chevron’s new ‘We Agree’ ad campaign, check out the latest 

Summer Internship Reflections

My internship with STRP this summer has taught me more than I could have imagined on the issues concerning the welfare of sea turtles

Bycatch Blues in Louisiana

With large waves and thunderstorms offshore, I changed plans during my Gulf of Mexico expedition and joined Gregg Hall on a Louisiana shrimp trawl

Stories that we all need to hear

Last night here in Houston, Texas, at a public forum organized by the True Cost of Chevron Coalition, I heard stories from women and

We Must Stem the Tide of Plastic

The increasingly dire reports on the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are horrifying to those of us who care about marine

Kemp’s ridleys in the news!

SAVING TORTUGAS IN THE U.S. AND MEXICO See the KUT radio webstory and listen to the interview here. Kemp’s ridleys that nest and swim

A Story of Eggs

Sea turtles lumbering onto the sand to lay a clutch of eggs is just the beginning. To protect and monitor endangered loggerheads at Mon

Feds Move to Protect False Killer Whales

Team Established to Reduce Fishing-related Whale Deaths Prodded by seven years of litigation by conservation groups, the National Marine Fisheries Services announced today a

Sea Turtles in Copenhagen?

With no action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, could out-of-control sea level rise and warmer waters submerge the famous mermaid in Copenhagen and allow

Sea Turtles in Copenhagen?

Climate Change a Triple Whammy for Sea Turtles With no action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, could out-of-control sea level rise and warmer waters

The Case Against Chevron

The East Bay Express (Berkeley, CA) just published an excellent review of campaigns targeting California-based Chevron corporation. See the article. What’s missing from the

Sea Turtle Washes Up In Stinson Beach

A rare and endangered olive ridley sea turtle, normally found along Mexican shores and southward, washed up on SeaDrift Beach in Stinson Beach, Marin

Sea Turtle Washes Up In Stinson Beach

Rare olive ridley turtle found “cold stunned” on SeaDrift Beach Stinson Beach, CA– A rare and endangered olive ridley sea turtle, normally found along

A Million Kemp’s Ridley Hatchlings!

The Kemp’s ridley nesting season on Texas beaches and Mexico’s beaches has concluded. In a nutshell, the exciting news from Mexico is that 21,144

Sea Turtle Satellite Tagging Expedition at Cocos Island, Costa Rica Swims Into Action

A 10-day sea turtle tagging research expedition to Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica successfully outfitted three green turtles and one hawksbill turtle with satellite transmitters in order to follow their movements, as part of a long-term research project to understand the importance of Cocos Island for highly pelagic species that migrate throughout the Pacific.

Sea Turtles Rally to Protect the Oceans

Turtle Island Restoration Network members and supporters from allied groups including Greenpeace, Center for Biological Diversity and Surfrider came out to our rally for

An Anonymous Call

Sometime over the last weekend of August, an anonymous call was left on the STRP sea turtle hotline in the Gulf Office in Houston.


A fisheries rule change seeks to preserve ‘ahi stocks but may put sea turtles at risk. Joan Conrow Jul 22, 2009 Download the article

Holbox III: Into the Blue with Whale Sharks

Although the “green” plankton-rich waters closer to shore are associated with the feeding congregations of whales sharks, a three-hour boat ride further offshore into

A Big Fish Story

The attraction to Holbox is whale sharks, Rhincodon typus, the world’s largest living fish.  How Big Are They?  While stories of whale sharks as

Obama Jumpstarts Action on Ocean

President Obama put protection of the ocean high on the nation’s priority list last week when he launched a new task force on ocean

The End of Seafood?

The new ocean film “End of the Line” is the “Inconvenient Truth” of the oceans. The movie is not just another doom-and-gloom diatribe but

Emergency Closure Stops Longline Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

Action Required to Prevent Deaths of Threatened and Endangered Sea Turtles
The National Marine Fisheries Service (“NMFS”) has ordered a 6-month emergency closure of the Bottom Longline fishery in the Gulf of Mexico to protect imperiled sea turtles from capture and death in the fishery.

A Victory for Endangered Species!

Before the last administration left office, a measure was introduced that was so incredibly unacceptable that I couldn’t believe what I was reading.  If

Lack of Enforcement Leads to call for Shrimp Embargo

(San José, Costa Rica – April 22, 2009)–The Costa Rican organization Pretoma is requesting that the United States government deny sea turtle protection certification to Costa Rica’s shrimp trawl fleet and implement an embargo on all Costa Rican shrimp exports.


Income Tax Day brought some good news to Texans! The first three Kemp’s ridley nests were documented at the Padre Island National Seashore. Last

Changes at Galveston!

Just a few years ago, Galveston city and county officials didn’t think about the nesting season of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle as spring


Recently released data from National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) indicates Hawaii’s tuna longliners’ bycatch rose dramatically in 2008. It is estimated more than 60 dolphins and whales were caught in 2008, a 50% increase from the 40 caught the year before, including such species as Risso’s and spotted dolphins, short-finned pilot whales, and false killer whales.

Why Not Stop Shrimping?

The Gulf of Mexico from the Texas/Louisiana boundary southward to the boundary shared by Matagorda and Brazoria Counties (Texas) is full of debris following

Leatherbacks Noshing on Jellyfish along California Coast Sea turtles are back, noshing on jellyfish David Perlman, Chronicle Science Editor Monday, September 29, 2008 Endangered leatherback sea turtles, unseen off the

The Aftermath of Hurricane Ike

The worst results of Hurricane Ike for sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico are just now becoming apparent. Tons of trash from destroyed

Galveston Turtle Barn Survives Hurricane

News from Galveston, TX: The sea turtle facility in Galveston, TX, operated by National Marine Fisheries Service survived the onslaught of Hurricane Ike. While

California Legislature Urges Sea Turtle Protection from New Swordfish Fishery

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Legislature today adopted Assemblyman Mark Leno’s Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 62 opposing federal proposals to permit swordfish longline fishing in vital sea turtle habitat off the California coast. The resolution specifically requests that the National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS)- the federal agency responsible for managing the nation’s fisheries-deny or delay consideration of new West Coast fishing permits for swordfish until critical habitat is designated for the Pacific leatherback and ongoing studies determine if the Pacific loggerhead should be up-listed from “threatened” to “endangered” are completed.

Sea turtle nesting season breaks all records on the Texas coast!

The nesting season for the endangered Kemp’s ridley is over. A remarkable total of 192 nests were found along the Texas coast compared to 128 in 2007. This is the fifth consecutive year for nesting increases. Nests were found from Boca Chica Beach near the Mexican border to Bolivar Peninsula and beaches in between. The first leatherback nest in 30 years was found as well as a loggerhead nest on the Padre Island National Seashore where 91 of the 192 ridley nests were documented. Three green turtle nests were also found this year. The public is invited to witness the release of Kemp’s ridley hatchlings at the Padre Island National Seashore. Anyone interested can call 361-949-7163 for dates of the public releases.

Indigenous People in Papua New Guinea Petition Government to Suspend Seabed Mining in Territorial Seas

More than 80 participants attended the meeting organised by the Madang People’s Forum and attended by community representatives from Manus, Kairiru island, New Ireland, Bagabag Island, Karkar Island, Riwo, Gildiasi, Rai Coast, and the statement was also endorsed by representatives of the Ramu River Authority, Simil Hondulwa Evangelical Alliance of PNG, New Ireland Students Association of University of Technology, Sea Turtle Restoration Project, Alemewo Foundation, the Catholic Church, Madang Rehabilitation and presented from Vanuatu, Porgera, plus observers from surrounding community based organisations, school teachers and students.

Tagging sharks in Cocos Island

recently returned from a trip to Cocos Island, tagging sharks.  Since 2005, PRETOMA and TIRN have been tagging sharks in Cocos Island with acoustic

Lawsuit settlement requires new manatee assessments

article at Naples Daily News June 2, 2008 Lawsuit settlement requires new manatee assessments By ERIC STAATS Polar bears, sea otters and walruses

Plan to block tuna fishing welcomed

ENVIRONMENTAL groups have welcomed a decision by eight Pacific nations to block tuna fishing in pockets of international waters. See the story or keep

Leno Legislation Urges Sea Turtle Protection

wordfish longline fishing may drive leatherback sea turtles to extinction SACRAMENTO, CA -Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) has introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 62 opposing

Longlines: Trap lines of the Ocean

magine a 40-mile trap line strung out across the landscape like the telephone wires and power lines that crisscross the forests and deserts of

Want to know more about Leatherbacks?

While online the other day, I came across this fascinating—albeit abit geeky—video on Leatherback turtle biology presented by Dr. Scott Eckert, Ph.D. a Scientist

For the Love of Tuna

Last night I had dinner at the school cafeteria at Dominican College in San Rafael, CA,  with author Richard Ellis (Empty Ocean, many other

West Coast Fishery Managers Vote To Open Sea Turtle Protection Zone To Harmful Longline Fishing

Seattle –Following close on the heels of a decision to close the California and Oregon salmon fishery, last week west coast fishery managers approved opening a new longline fishery for swordfish in vital sea turtle habitat off the California and Oregon coasts. The same proposal, which faced widespread opposition, was defeated last year by the California Coastal Commission.

Adopt-A-Nest for Earth Day

Adopt-A-Nest program supports endangered sea turtle conservation “Journey of the Leatherback” tells story of disappearing Pacific turtle “A Struggle to Live – the Kemp’s

New sea turtle classroom video

“A Struggle to Live — The Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle” is a new DVD offered at cost of mailing to teachers and other groups

Conservation Groups Seek Ban on Imported Swordfish

SAN FRANCISCO- The Turtle Island Restoration Network and the Center for Biological Diversity formally petitioned the U.S. government today to enforce the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and impose a ban on imported swordfish until exporting countries provide proof that their fishing practices are at least as protective of marine mammals as those used by U.S. commercial fishers. View the petition below.

Welcome to the STRP Blog!

Welcome to the Sea Turtle Restoration Project blog at After 18+ years at the forefront of the environmental movement with our innovative campaigns

Loggerhead Sea Turtles May Gain Endangered Status

SAN FRANCISCO- The U.S. government announced today that it is considering listing loggerhead sea turtles found off the U.S. West Coast as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. The action comes in response to a formal petition filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network in July 2007 that aimed to increase protections for loggerhead sea turtles. The petition sought to have North Pacific loggerhead sea turtles listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act and to have areas along the California coast and off Hawaii designated as critical habitat for the species.

Costa Rica President Arias Acts to Protect Leatherback National Park

Yesterday, Costa Rica’s Federal Register (el Diario Oficial La Gaceta, #194) published a decree (nacion91007>32) signed by President Oscar Arias which authorizes the Environmental Ministry (MINAE) to begin the administrative proceedings to expropriate the properties within Las Baulas National Marine Park in Guanacaste.

Lawsuit Seeks Better Management of Marine Mammals Threatened By Global Warming

SAN FRANCISCO- Two conservation organizations, the Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network, filed a lawsuit today against Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne for failing to take into account the latest information on global warming in management decisions affecting polar bears, walrus, sea otters, and manatees. The suit, brought under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, seeks to force the federal government to issue updated stock assessment reports for protected marine mammals ranging from Florida to Alaska. Stock assessments are population estimates that include information on the range of the species and threats to its survival.

Habitat Protection Sought for World’s Largest Turtle

SAN FRANCISCO Today, a coalition of environmental organizations formally petitioned the federal government to designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act for the Pacific leatherback sea turtle, a species whose frequent and deadly encounters with longline and gillnet fishing gear meant to catch swordfish have put it on a steep slide towards extinction.

Report: Sea Turtles Vulnerable to Climate Change

Increased Protections from Fishery Impacts Need to be Coupled with Emissions Reductions
Forest Knolls, CA – Today, a new report was released highlighting the impacts that climate change will have on endangered sea turtles. The report, entitled Boiling Point: The Impact of Climate Change on Sea Turtles and the Urgent Need to Take Action, compiles emerging research on the impacts of temperature change and sea level rises and their impacts on sea turtles. Sea turtles are particularly vulnerable

Beach lighting a big problem for sea turtle hatchlings

More and more new homes and condominiums are going up on Texas beaches which attracts not only tourists, developers and homebuilders but wildlife as well including the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. With the slow recovery of this magnificent marine animal, nesting Kemp’s ridleys are now seen each spring and summer from far south Texas north to the beaches of Galveston Island.

Endangered Status Sought for Imperiled Sea Turtles

SAN FRANCISCO— Conservation groups filed a formal petition today to increase protections for critically imperiled loggerhead sea turtles that occur off the U.S. West Coast and are caught and killed in industrial fisheries based in California and Hawaii.

Tribal Villagers Demand Stop to Deep Sea Mining in Pacific

Bababag Island, Papua New Guinea – This week tribal villagers from Bagabag Island in Madang Province called on the government and all exploration and mining companies doing business in Papua New Guinea to stop pushing for the sea bed mining, a controversial new mining method. The villagers formally lodged their concerns and protests by running an advertisement in the national paper.

Kemp’s Ridleys Break A Record!

The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, almost extinct in the 80s, is slowly recovering from years of poaching in Mexico prior to 1978 and drowning in shrimp trawls in US waters before the Turtle Excluder Device was required by federal law.

United Nations Called Upon to Provide Urgent Protection to Sea Turtles

(New York)— The world’s most critically endangered sea turtle, the Pacific leatherback, will be highlighted this week at the eighth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea meeting in New York, as conservation groups call for the UN to implement a new Pacific wide network of Marine Protected Areas in an effort to bring the species back from the brink of extinction.

Court Stops Tuna Farm in Costa Rica

Last May 9th, the Constitutional Court ordered the suspension of execution of the project to install tuna farms (Granjas Atuneras de Golfito S.A.) in

Why Not Texas? Why Not Now?

Sea turtles need protection at the Padre Island National Seashore The 2006 sea turtle nesting season on the Texas coast is now history and

Costa Rican Supreme Court Accepts Case Against Tuna Farms

July 13, 2006 – San Jose, Costa Rica
The Constitutional Branch of the Supreme Court of Costa Rica has accepted for study a case which calls for the nullification of a planned tuna farm at the mouth of the Golfo Dulce.

The case was filed by the Town Council of Punta Banco, the coastal community which sits in front of where the proposed installation site, and PRETOMA, and is backed by 15 organizations from the communities around Dulce Gulf.

United Nations Urged to Take Action to Protect Endangered Sea Turtles

New York, NY – June 16, 2006 – The Sea Turtle Restoration Project presented a plan of action yesterday to the United Nations regarding the protection and restoration of the leatherback sea turtle against longline fishing. Over 1,000 scientists from nearly 100 countries and over 280 NGOs joined in a call for a moratorium on high seas industrial longline fishing to prevent that extinction.

Kemp’s Ridley Nesting Season Begins!

The greatest number of endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles nesting on one day in Texas was recorded Wednesday, April 26. Dr. Donna Shaver, Chief of the Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Division of the National Park Service at the Padre Island National Seashore announced Wednesday evening that the first 10 Kemp’s ridley nests located on the Texas coast during 2006 had been found. Nine were located at Padre Island National Seashore and one on Matagorda Island. Turtles were present at six of the sites. One of the nesters at the National Seashore was a 1987 year class head-start that has nested there before. The others were all wild turtles that had not been documented before. Two nests at the National Seashore were only 50 yards apart.

“Visitors to north Texas coastal beaches should

International Sea Turtle Swimway Proposed in Gulf of Mexico

The world’s top sea turtle experts are calling on both the United States and Mexico to provide more protection for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. A resolution passed in Crete earlier this month at the 26th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation recommends that all relevant governmental agencies work to create a migration and nesting season no commercial fishing zone (marine reserve) in the state waters adjoining North and South Padre Islands, Texas, and a year round no-commercial fishing zone from the Mexican border south to Tampico, creating an international protected Kemp’s Ridley Swimway from Corpus Christi, Texas, south to Tampico, Mexico.

UN Calls for Closures to Protect Sea Turtles

While a Good First Step, Scientists Say a Moratorium is Needed

Today, the United Nations General Assembly will vote on a resolution that calls for closures of fishing in areas where large numbers of critically endangered sea turtles are caught or killed. The critically endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle is on the verge of extinction and is expected by scientists to go extinct in the next 5-30 years unless immediate measures to eliminate threats posed by industrial longline fishing are taken. Environmentalists are pleased at this first step but warn that a moratorium on destructive longline fishing is needed in the Pacific if the leatherback is to survive.

STRP on CNN this Weekend

STRP on CNN this Weekend Robert Ovetz, PhD, Save the Leatherback Campaign Coordinator with the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, will be a guest on

MTV Damaged Sea Turtle Beach in Tobago

Forest Knolls, California – MTV’s shooting of its reality TV show ‘The Gauntlet’ on Turtle Beach in Tobago (of Trinidad & Tobago) caused massive

1,007 Scientists Call For UN Moratorium on Longline Fishing

New York – May 31, 2005 – On the eve of a critical United Nations meeting to discuss actions to protect the world’s oceans from overfishing, a letter signed by more than 1,000 international scientists calling for decisive action has been delivered to the international body. Recent scientific reports have linked industrial fishing, such as longlining, to the decline of sea turtles and other marine species, and have offered marine protected areas as a potential solution. During the UN meeting which begins June 10, Costa Rica will be proposing a plan of action that offers sustainable use marine protected areas as a part of a comprehensive solution for the world’s oceans.

Longline Fishing Pillaging the Pacific Says New Report

On Monday, June 6th, the new report Striplining the Pacific: The Case for A United Nations Moratorium on High Seas Industrial Longline Fishing will be released at the United Nations Law of the Sea meeting June 6-10th. The new book length report echoes the sentiment of Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin’s call on May 1st to end the “pillage” and “rape” of the ocean at an international fisheries conference this week.

Texans Speak Out for a Marine Reserve!

At least 250 sea turtle fans gathered at Galveston’s first Sea Turtle Saturday, April 9, and spoke up for a marine reserve in state waters at the Padre Island National Seashore, support for the sea turtle program at the NOAA facility in Galveston and against longline fishing which is killing millions of sea birds, marine mammals, fish and leatherback sea turtles in the world’s oceans.

Sea Turtle Saturday in Texas

Galveston celebrates sea turtles! The Mayor of Galveston and the City Council have proclaimed Saturday, April 9, as Sea Turtle Saturday when an educational

Fishing “Unsustainable” Says New UN Report

(Forest Knolls, CA)—The United Nations Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Synthesis
Report released today calls capture fisheries “unsustainable” and calls for the expansion in Marine Protected Areas with flexible no-take zones that contribute to the economy. These conclusions echo the efforts of 3 nations, more than 800 scientists from 83 countries and 230 non-governmental organizations from 54 countries calling on the UN to implement a moratorium on industrial longline fishing in the Pacific and implement a network of high seas MPAs to protect both fish stocks and species endangered by longlines.

Sea Turtle Crisis Addressed at UN

(Forest Knolls, CA)—Three countries successfully raised the industrial longline fishing problem as a key concern for the June meeting of the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Costa Rica, Croatia and Sweden joined more than 800 scientists from 83 countries and 230 environmental organizations from 54 countries at a recent planning meeting of UNCLOS in calling for the UN to prevent the extinction of two sea turtle and one albatross seabird species. Proposed solutions include a moratorium on longlining and a network of high seas Marine Protected Areas in the Pacific, which will also benefit poor coastal fishing communities.

Longline Moratorium Campaign Gaining Momentum

Forest Knolls, CA – On the eve of a key United Nations meeting relating to the oceans, a growing number of international scientists and non-governmental organizations are actively lobbying their country delegates to address the problem of industrial longline fishing in the Pacific. The scientists and NGOs are also joined in their efforts by members of the New Zealand, Irish and EU parliaments. The lobbying effort echoes the call of more than 800 international scientists and 230 NGOs who are also asking for a moratorium on industrial longline fishing in order to protect endangered leatherback sea turtles, albatross, sharks and other species caught and killed as bycatch by industrial longliners.

New Report: Saving Sea Turtles is Good for the Economy

An Investigation of the Economic, Cultural and Social Costs of Industrial Longline Fishing in the Pacific
(Forest Knolls, CA)-—A new report, “The Bottom Line: Saving Sea Turtles is Good for the Economy,” published by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project has found that industrial longline fishing in the Pacific not only causes extensive damage to the marine ecosystem but has pervasive negative cultural, economic and social consequences for coastal fishing and fish consuming communities. Implementing a moratorium on industrial longlining and creating a network of Marine Protected Areas on the high seas of the Pacific would be a boon to local coastal economies.

UN Agency to Vote on Saving Endangered Sea Turtles

Forest Knolls, California—New proposed guidelines issued last December by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to address the plight of critically endangered Pacific leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles is set for a vote March 7-11. Specifically, the guidelines recommend that fisheries posing the greatest threats should be subjected to “temporary and spatially-limited controls.” The recommendation to limit fishing in certain areas is welcomed by environmentalists who urge the UN to specifically identify and take action on some of the hot spots of turtle-fishing interaction.

Prominent Scientists Join Call For UN Moratorium on Longline Fishing

World renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, has added her voice to 1007 international scientists from 93 countries who are urging the UN to implement a moratorium on longline fishing in the Pacific Ocean to prevent the extinction of the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle. The scientists are joined by 282 non-governmental organizations from 60 countries. The list of signers includes biologist E.O. Wilson, oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and former U.S. astronaut Bernard Harris, Jr. M.D.

Sea Turtle Restoration Project on Ecotalk

Program Broadcast Nationwide Andy Peri of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project’s Mercury Awareness Program was featured in the second half of this week’s Ecotalk

UN Proposed Fishing Limits Welcomed

Forest Knolls, California—New proposed guidelines issued today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have repeated the recommendation of an earlier panel of experts that immediate attention be given to the plight of critically endangered Pacific leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles. Specifically, the report recommended that fisheries posing the greatest threats should be subjected to “temporary and spatially-limited controls.” Environmentalists are welcoming the recommendation to limit fishing in certain areas, and are urging the UN to specifically identify and take action on some of the hot spots of turtle-fishing interaction

REVISED: Fishing Gear a Death Trap for Sea Turtles

(Forest Knolls, CA)-—New fishery observer data has shown that every endangered olive ridley sea turtle caught by the Hawaiian longline tuna fleet was killed. Additionally, because the fishery has exceeded its annual legal allowable catch and kill limits of threatened olive ridley sea turtles, environmentalists are urging the closure of the fishery and a more comprehensive solution to protect marine life which includes a United Nations Pacific-wide moratorium on industrial longline fishing.

Worldwide TV Premiere of New Sea Turtle Documentary

Forest Knolls, CA — The nonprofit Sea Turtle Restoration Project has released the new documentary, Last Journey for the Leatherback? by the Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Stan Minasian (dir. The Last Days of the Dolphins?, The Free Willy Story: Keiko’s Journey Home). Last Journey for the Leatherback? will make its worldwide television premiere to 24 million U.S. homes on Link TV (DIRECTV channel 375 and Dish Network channel 9410) on Friday, December 10, 2004 at 20.00 (EST). The film will also air three more times on Saturday, December 11.

New Report: Longlines Annually Capture and Kill 4.4 Million Sharks, Billfish, Seabirds, Sea Turtles and Mammals in the Pacific

Although there have been recent efforts to “mitigate” the devastating impact of industrial pelagic longlines on sea turtles, the problem is not limited to these species. Pelagic longlines are literally wiping out the lions and tigers of the ocean—sharks, billfish and tunas. Industrial longline fishing results in an extensive catch of non-targeted species as “bycatch” creating a global marine biodiversity crisis.

“Last Journey for the Leatherback?” to Be Screened in Boston This Week

The nonprofit Sea Turtle Restoration Project has released the new documentary, Last Journey for the Leatherback? by the Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Stan Minasian (dir. The Last Days of the Dolphins?, The Free Willy Story: Keiko’s Journey Home). The documentary will be screened during the annual 2004 Earthwatch Institute Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge Massachusetts November 5-6. The documentary will be screened at 10AM and 3PM on November 6.

“Last Journey for the Leatherback?” to be Screened in 3 Major US Cities this Week

Forest Knolls, CA — The nonprofit Sea Turtle Restoration Project has released the new documentary, Last Journey for the Leatherback? by the Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Stan Minasian (dir. The Last Days of the Dolphins?, The Free Willy Story: Keiko’s Journey Home). The documentary will be screened three times over the four days:

“Last Journey for the Leatherback?” to be screened at NYC Conference

Forest Knolls, CA — The nonprofit Sea Turtle Restoration Project has released the new documentary, Last Journey for the Leatherback? by the Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Stan Minasian (dir. The Last Days of the Dolphins?, The Free Willy Story: Keiko’s Journey Home). The documentary will be screened during the Northeast Environmental Conference on Friday, October 15, 2004 at 9:30 pm in Alfred Lerner Hall of Columbia University, New York City.

New Study Says Bush Administration Puts Sea Turtles at Risk of Extinction

New rules that have reopened US waters to longline fishing for swordfish and tuna have been corrupted by faulty science and political influence, says a new study released today by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project. The report, Techno-Fixing Sea Turtles: How the Bush Administration’s Manipulation of Science is Driving the Leatherback Sea Turtle Towards Extinction, documents how an admittedly flawed and incomplete report by government scientists has provided the basis to reopen the hotly contested fisheries which have been closed as a result of recent lawsuits by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project and other conservation groups.

Giant Leatherback Turtle Sighted Off Marin County (CA) Coast

August 27, 2004- A giant Pacific leatherback was seen six miles off the coast of Bolinas (Marin County) on a whale watching tour sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Whale Watching, out of Sausalito.

It was feeding on a stinging jellyfish of the genus Chrysaora, known commonly as a sea nettle

Lawsuit Filed To Stop Illegal Killing of Albatross And Sea Turtles

Honolulu, HI–Today, Turtle Island Restoration Network , the Center for Biological Diversity, an d Ka `Iwa Kua Lele, represented by Earthjustice, filed suit in federal district court in Hawai`i against the National Marine Fisheries Service (“NMFS”) for reopening the Hawai`i-based longline swordfish fishery in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (“MBTA”), Endangered Species Act (“ESA”), and National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”). The fishery will cause the deaths of black-footed albatross and Laysan albatross, both protected by the MBTA, and endangered sea turtles protected by the ESA, and was reopened without a proper Environmental Impact Statement, in violation of NEPA.

Federal Fisheries Service Acknowledges Hawai‘i Longline Fleet’s Toll on False Killer Whales

Honolulu, HI – Today, the National Marines Fisheries Service (“NMFS”) finally acknowledged the devastating toll that the Hawai‘i-based longline fishing fleet inflicts on the Hawai‘i population of false killer whales, formally classifying the longline fleet as “Category I” in the List of Fisheries for 2004, a designation reserved for fisheries that annually kill and seriously injure marine mammals at unsustainable rates. In November 2003, Turtle Island Restoration Network, along with the Center for Biological Diversity and the Hawai‘i community group Hui Mälama i Koholäand, represented by the Earthjustice law firm filed suit on behalf to force NMFS to increase protection for the whale by making such a reclassification, as mandated by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (“MMPA”).

Premiere Showing of Last Journey for the Leatherback?

The Sea Turtle Restoration Project presents the first Bay Area screening of our powerful new video Last Journey for the Leatherback? and a chance to meet award-winning director Stan Minasian and renowned – and inspirational – oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle at an intimate reception before the showing.

UN Panel of Experts Urges Closing Fisheries to Save Sea Turtles

San Francisco, California—A panel of experts of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization just released a report that recommended closing fisheries that pose the greatest threat to critically endangered Pacific leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles. In order to address the threat of extinction of leatherback and loggerheads, the panel of experts also recommended that “eco labels” be introduced, fishing effort reduced and financial support be directed towards developing countries to support conservation efforts.

Congress Passes Landmark Legislation to Save Endangered Sea Turtles

The Ocean Conservancy has worked successfully to ensure the recent passage of the Marine Turtle Conservation Act (H.R.3378), in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Championed by Maryland Congressman Wayne Gilchrest (R-1st), the bi-partisan bill authorizes $5 million a year for international conservation projects protecting nesting sea turtles and their habitat, and will help to thwart illegal trade in sea turtle shell, meat and eggs. A similar bill passed the Senate in October of 2003. The bill now goes to President Bush to sign into law.

STRP to Premiere New Leatherback Documentary

Celebrate World Environment Day in NYC
To celebrate UN Environmental Programme World Environment Day, “Wanted Seas and Oceans Dead or Alive” a coalition of marine conservation organizations will sponsor a free documentary film screening and panel discussion about endangered leatherback sea turtles and marine mammals at the American Museum of Natural History’s Linder Theatre at Central Park West at 79th Street, New York City Saturday, June 5 from 2:00-4:30.

Opening Hawaii Swordfish Fishery Threatens Turtles With Extinction

San Francisco, CA – Today, in Hawai`i, the industry-dominated Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries held a press conference to announce the reopening of a fishery that NOAA Fisheries had previously closed because the fishery was killing enough Pacific leatherbacks to put them on a direct path towards extinction.

California Longline Fishing is Banned

March 11, 2004—Today, the US Fisheries Service issued new rules banning California longline fishing from targeting swordfish from a huge swath of the Pacific Ocean. The final rule comes on the heels of an August 2003 decision by the federal Ninth Circuit Court concurring with environmentalists that the Fisheries Service had failed to conduct the proper environmental review before issuing permits to the fishery.

Lawsuit Filed To Protect Atlantic White Marlin From Longline fishing

Two environmental organizations filed suit in Federal District Court today seeking to protect the Atlantic white marlin under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). The suit, filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and Turtle Island Restoration Network was brought against the National Marine Fisheries Service, (“NMFS”), an agency within the Department of Commerce charged with managing fisheries and protecting marine species under the ESA.

NOAA Longline Study A Step in the Right Direction

JANUARY 5, 2004—The California based environmental organization Sea Turtle Restoration Project compliments the “Northeast Distant Fishery Sea Turtle Bycatch Reduction Project” announced yesterday by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a move in the right direction to solve the problem of sea turtle bycatch. However, the plan itself will not stop the slide of the leatherback sea turtle toward extinction.

US Fish & Wildlife Sued to Save Aleutian Sea Otter

San Francisco- The Bush administration’s Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, andParks will be served with a lawsuit filed today for failing to take actions to protect an endangered population of Alaskan sea otters.

Sea Turtles Take to the Streets to Protest Mercury in Swordfish

Swordfishing is a Threat to Human Health and Leatherback Sea Turtles
Chanting “it’s not too late to get swordfish off your plate,” about 50 people of all ages dressed in colorful turtle costumes marched through the busy streets of Fishermen’s Wharf in San Francisco on Saturday, October 25th, 2003.

Costa Rican Biologists Call for Suspension of New Shark Finning Regulation

Joined by World’s Most Prestigious Scientific and Conservation Organizations
On October 24, 2003, more than 60 Costa Rican biologists from important academic institutions, such as the University of Costa Rica, the National University, the Universidad Latina, and even the Union of Biologists, called on the Costa Rican Minister of the

Red Lobster Restaurants Remove Swordfish from Menu

Environmentalists are taking credit for Red Lobster Restaurant’s decision to remove swordfish from their menus throughout the United States. Red Lobster is part of Darden Restaurants Inc., the worlds largest casual dining restaurant company.

Lawsuit filed to Save Okinawan Dugong from Extinction

A coalition of conservation groups from both sides of the Pacific Rim filed a lawsuit in US District Court against the US Department of Defense over plans to construct a new heliport facility on a coral reef on the east coast of Okinawa, Japan. Conservationists are concerned that the proposed 1.5 mile long airbase to be built on reclaimed land over a coral reef will destroy the remaining habitat of the endangered Okinawa dugong, a relative of the manatee, and a cultural icon of the Okinawan people.

STRP Offers Costa Rican Volunteer Opportunities

Take a vacation and help save sea turtles

Since 1996, PRETOMA (Sea Turtle Restoration Project of Costa Rica) has with support from STRP conducted a sea turtle protection project in Punta Banco, Costa Rica

More Turtle Sightings Off the Golden Gate

Saturday marked the third reported sighting of a Pacific Leatherback sea turtle in northern California waters in the last four weeks. These majestic creatures are rarely seen this far north although this species of sea turtle swims in many regions of the world including colder, northern and southern latitudes.

Early leatherback nests in Caletas, Costa Rica

(San José, Costa Rica) Sept. 8, 2003 – Typically, the Leatherback sea turtle nesting season on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica begins in late October. PRETOMA is proud to announce that a young, lone Leatherback got the season off to an early start on the night of September 2, 2003 by laying likely its first nest at Playa Caletas on the north central Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

President of Costa Rica Urged to Save Sharks from Overfishing

An open letter to the President of Costa Rica, Dr. Abel Pacheco, urging the protection of sharks and other endangered marine species from overfishing by foreign fleets, was published in today’s edition of La Nación, Costa Rica’s largest newspaper.

Federal Funds Received for Fisheries Law Enforcement

Last week, the year’s first nesting of a Kemp’s ridley was reported at Padre Island, Texas. Biologists and environmentalists are hoping that this year’s nesting numbers will surpass last year’s numbers, but it is too early to tell.

First Texas Nesting of Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Reported

Last week, the year’s first nesting of a Kemp’s ridley was reported at Padre Island, Texas. Biologists and environmentalists are hoping that this year’s nesting numbers will surpass last year’s numbers, but it is too early to tell.

Supreme Court Refuses to Consider Fixing Loophole in Sea Turtle Law

Environmentalists to Explore Legislative Fixes to Protect Species and U.S. Shrimpers
Forest Knolls, CA – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider a challenge by environmentalists to the State Department’s lax rules pertaining to the import of shrimp caught by foreign fleets.

New Toll Free Information Line Established to Protect Sea Turtles

Texas Beach Visitors Can Now Report Turtle and Nest Sightings
Houston…Today, the Gulf Office of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project and HEART (Help Endangered Animals-Ridley Turtles) announced the sponsorship of a toll free Texas Sea Turtle Information Line.

Sea Turtle Swims into and Haulsout on Tomales Bay, Ca Beach

An olive ridley sea turtle surprised Tomales Bay beachgoers at Shell Beach in Inverness,CA, when it swam up to the shore, pulled itself out of the water and rested for approximately 30 minutes before re-entering the cold water and swimming away.