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!

May 16, 2018

Protect Sea Turtles, Say “No” To Balloons

November 8, 2017

Tell Bernhardt: Save our Marine National Monuments

September 27, 2017

Boycott Swordfish

Sea Turtle Updates

Congress Reintroduces Federal Legislation to End Senseless Killing of Marine Animals in Commercial Fishing Industry

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Recently reintroduced legislation would phase out last remaining drift gillnet fishery in the United States, an fishing technology used to catch sharks and swordfish but also trap and kill more…

Senate Reintroduces Federal Legislation to Ban “Deathnets” in Commercial Fishing Industry

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Yesterday, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would phase out the use of driftnets, also known as "deathnets," in US waters. California's…

Hawaii Closes Longline Fishery for Interacting with Endangered Sea Turtle Limit

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For the second year in a row, the National Marine Fisheries Service has immediately closed the Hawai’i-based shallow-set longline fishery for the rest of 2019 to comply with a federal…

Endangered Sharks Migrate Through Unprotected Ocean, Researchers Find

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Recent studies have demonstrated that sharks and turtles use the swimway to migrate between the marine reserves, putting them at grave risk to industrial fishing. New research demonstrates the importance…

Graduate Student Receives Cocos Island Scholarship to Help TIRN Research Sharks

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The 2019 Cocos Scholarship was awarded to Julia Janicki, a current graduate student of the The University of Wisconsin–Madison. OLEMA—Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) has awarded a scholarship to a…

Backed by City, New Campaign Aims to End Plastic Straw Use in Galveston

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The Final Straw Galveston is part of a worldwide movement to protect the environment from an increasingly urgent threat: single-use plastic straws. | Photo by Ron Wooten GALVESTON—An ocean conservation…

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