Habitat loss and human-driven climate change are transforming the world to an inhabitable wasteland — at an astonishing rate.

The natural world is more imperiled than it ever has been in human history. Human encroachment and the overall warming of the planet have put more than one million species at risk for extinction. From our forests, which are being lost at a rate of 37 soccer fields per day, to our coral reefs, which are already 50 percent gone, all ecosystems are suffering injury. Effects from losing these habitats – driven by agriculture, burning fossil fuels, and other human activities – have sweeping consequences for all species, including the human race. As some of our most biodiverse ecosystems with the largest power for carbon sequestration disappear, we must act now to halt the sixth mass extinction. 

Through restoration, policy, community engagement, and education, Turtle Island Restoration Network is on the frontlines of advocating for habitat protection and restoring essential ecosystems. From Galveston, Texas where we monitor essential beaches for nesting sea turtles, to northern California where we restore critical habitat for the endangered coho salmon, to the most remote reaches of the ocean where we advocate for critical habitat designation, we’re committed to carving dents into the biodiversity collapse currently underway. We will continue to fight for our fellow species, but we need your help. 

Conserving and rehabilitating our fractured natural world is something we must unite to achieve in our lifetimes. From our lifestyle choices to our vote, we have power to change the course of history; this begins with individual behavior change. By signing our petitions or volunteering at our restoration and planting events, you are joining a growing community of planet protectors. When we coalesce our thoughtful conjunctive behaviors, we become an unstoppable force in the face of environmental negligence and natural resource greed. 

How We Protect Critical Habitat

Hands-On Restoration

Our innovative restoration projects create and maintain direct benefits for species recovery, water quality improvement, and ultimately – the health of people.

Grassroots Empowerment

With the help of volunteers, students, groups and more, we remedy the impacts human development has had on natural landscapes to aid in the recovery of endangered species.

Promoting Sustainable Policies

Our strategic litigation and advocacy campaigns enforce stronger protections for endangered species and their habitat.

Environmental Education

Our classroom visits, beach cleanups, art installations and more raise awareness on the importance of marine conservation.

Help us protect habitat for migrating sharks.

Join our scuba dive expeditions to Cocos Island, Costa Rica where our research is setting the basis for greater protections for highly migratory species like sharks and sea turtles.

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Our Victories

Created a National Wildlife Refuge in Nicaragua to protect the most important olive ridley turtles nesting beach and built a biological field station.

Closed down 250,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean to the Hawaii longline swordfish fishery and the California driftnet fishery to protect sea turtles and marine mammals.

Restored over 100,000 square feet of crucial creekside habitat for wild coho salmon through native plantings, bank stabilization, and floodplain restoration.

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Senate Passes Bill to Protect Sea Turtles, Whales, Dolphins from Drift Gillnets

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For Immediate Release, July 24, 2020 Contact: Annalisa Batanides Tuel, Turtle Island Restoration Network, atuel@seaturtles.org  Senate Passes Bill to Protect Sea Turtles, Whales, Dolphins from Drift Gillnets Bans large mesh…

Groups Criticize Rule to Prevent Sea Turtle and Whale Entanglements in Crab Gear

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Underwater photo of humpback whale with line wrapped around tail flukes. Photo by NOAA. After years of unnecessary deaths, California has finally proposed rules for the state's commercial Dungeness crab…