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.

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.

We have witnessed unprecedented environmental rollbacks during the Trump administration that prevent protections for marine wildlife and threaten the resiliency of all marine species. Our plan for saving marine species in the coming years focuses on addressing the following significant threats: reducing the capture of vulnerable marine wildlife by driftnet, longline and shrimp fisheries; removing and recycling plastic pollution from beaches and oceans, and studying the impacts of microplastics on marine wildlife and habitats; strengthening resilience of endangered marine wildlife populations against impacts; and protect key biodiversity habitats in the Northern Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Eastern Tropical Pacific. 

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.

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.

Inspire Consumer Action

Our campaigns help you make healthier seafood choices, raise public awareness about the amount of mercury in seafood, and alert consumers to the high mercury content of swordfish and tuna.

Environmental Education

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

Promoting Sustainable Policies

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

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Our Victories

Forced Japan to end its illegal trade in endangered sea turtle parts of luxury items.

Rescued 15,000 coho and steelhead trout from certain death since 1990.

Stopped BP from burning endangered sea turtles during oil spill cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Marin County Court Rejects Attempt to Suspend Salmon Restoration Project on Former San Geronimo Golf Course

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For Immediate Release, July 31, 2020 Contacts Todd Steiner, SPAWN, 415-488-7652, tsteiner@seaturtles.org Deborah Sivas, Stanford Law, 650-269-2489, dsivas@standford.edu  Preston Brown, SPAWN, 303-877-0880, preston@seaturtles.org  Marin County Court Rejects Attempt to Suspend…

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…