Turtle Island Restoration Network is a leading advocate for endangered sea turtles and the oceans that sustain them.

Sea turtles have swum the world’s oceans for more than 150 millions years, since before the time of dinosaurs. Now, due to human activity, their populations are declining. All seven species of sea turtles have been declared endangered, threatened or vulnerable by the US Endangered Species Act, national agencies, or international conservation bodies. Our science-based campaigns protect nesting beaches, stop deadly fishing practices, and halt other threats to sea turtle survival through hands-on conservation and effective advocacy.

Our Campaigns

Save the Leatherback

November 9, 2018

Stop Shrimp Nets Bycatch

November 9, 2018

Ban California Driftnets

May 24, 2018

Rescue Gulf of Mexico Turtles

May 24, 2018

End Longline Overfishing

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Protect Nesting Beaches

May 23, 2018

Combat Climate Change Impacts

April 18, 2018

Take Action for Sea Turtles!

October 28, 2019

PETITION: Oppose New California Longline Fishery

September 23, 2019

Tell Congress to Support the PAW and FIN Conservation Act

September 6, 2019

Tell Congress to Save the Endangered Species Act

Sea Turtle Updates

Environmental Groups Renew Push for Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban in Galveston

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Turtle Island Restoration Network and the Galveston Chapter of Surfrider Foundation unveil new signs at Randalls. Image available for media use. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 20, 2019 Contacts: Joanie Steinhaus,…

[ADVISORY] Tuesday rally planned to stop deadly longline fishery off California coast

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Contact: Annalisa Tuel, (408) 621-8113, atuel@seaturtles.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday Rally Planned to Stop Deadly Longline Fishery off California coast COSTA MESA, Calif. – Activists will stand with Turtle Island…

Turtle Island Restoration Network Nominated for Best Non-Profit Organization in Galveston, Texas

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Turtle Island Restoration Network is thrilled to announce we are a top finalist for Best Non-Profit Organization in Galveston.com’s 2019 Best of the Island Awards! All autumn long, thousands of…

Activists: Authorizing a Longline Fishery off California Ensures Extinction of Leatherback Sea Turtles

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A Leatherback sea turtle is captured in a longline. | Photo by Philip Miller. Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) submitted a letter and comments on behalf of almost 3,000 environmental…

TIRN Attends Second Annual Texas Plastic Pollution Symposium

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Last weekend, Turtle Island Restoration Network joined representatives from the EPA, NOAA's Marine Debris program, local and state government, as well as several universities, NGOs, and students at the second annual…

Injured Kemp’s Ridley Rescued from Fishing Line

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A critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle was found hooked and entangled in a mixture of fishing line, leaders and seaweed. In early October, Turtle Island Restoration Network coordinated the rescue…

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