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

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…

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…

PETITION: Oppose New California Longline Fishery

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Photo by Philip Miller. Critically endangered leatherback sea turtles are drowned and killed by commercial fisheries, such as longlines and driftnets, as incidental bycatch. Entangled in fishing line or net,…

‘Deserve to Live’: How a Hashtag Aims to Save Endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles

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Tell us why you think leatherbacks deserve to live and tag #saveleatherbacks. Together, our voices make a difference. Pacific Leatherback Conservation Day falls on October 15 and this year, environmental…

The Service of Sargassum: What Happens When Seaweed is Removed From Beaches

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Loggerhead hatchlings in a floating island of seaweed, or sargassum. | Photo by Karen Parker If you live in the Gulf or visited our beaches over the past decade, you…

Congress Introduces Bill to Protect Endangered Species, Reverse Trump’s ‘Extinction Plan’

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The “Protect America's Wildlife and Fish in Need of Conservation Act of 2019," or the PAW and FIN Conservation Act, would repeal the Trump administration's reckless regulations gutting the ESA.…

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