Every second breath we take is courtesy of the ocean, and marine species play a vital role in supporting all life on Earth. But every day ocean wildlife face an increasingly urgent threat: humans.

Life began in the ocean and the seas cover nearly three quarters of our planet’s surface. Yet, the striking and abundant marine biodiversity of the world’s oceans are collapsing, largely driven by anthropogenic – human-driven – factors. Our global campaigns work tirelessly to safeguard and protect vulnerable marine species from unsustainable human activities including industrial fishing, overfishing, plastic pollution and climate change. While many of our species-saving programs require political will and leadership from governments and industry, we are far from powerless. Each and every conservation steward can take bold individual and collective action to help protect and save marine species, and fight for the oceans that sustain all life on Earth.

All six species of sea turtles found in the United States are endangered. With up to one million species facing extinction in the next century, sea turtles and other marine wildlife are especially threatened by industrial fishing, climate change, plastic pollution, environmental rollbacks, and habitat loss. Turtle Island Restoration Network addresses these threats using a conservation toolkit spanning hands-on conversation, community-based habitat restoration, advocacy for sound environmental policies and regulatory action, grassroots organizing, promotion of marine wildlife “swimways” and protected areas, outreach and volunteerism, and innovative climate change adaptation efforts.

How we save marine species

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.

How we save marine species

Inspire Consumer Action

Our campaigns help you make healthier seafood choices and raise public awareness about the impacts of single-use plastics.

How we save marine species

Promoting Sustainable Policies

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

How we save marine species

Environmental Education

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

Last Journey for the Leatherback?

Scientists predict that the giant Pacific leatherback sea turtle, which has survived unchanged for over 100 million years, could vanish in the next 20 years if current threats from wasteful industrial fishing are not curtailed.

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Our Impact


Sea turtles saved annually from shutting down a slaughterhouse in Mexico


Nations compelled to adopt rules that make shrimp nets safer for sea turtles


Coho salmon and steelhead trout from certain death since 1990