We protect and restore populations of endangered sea turtles and marine biodiversity on the Texas coast and throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

Action Alert!

Help expand the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary by submitting a public comment.

What We Do

Our sea turtle action center in Galveston, Texas safeguards sea turtles and engages the public in our conservation efforts through beach patrols, classroom visits, other habitat protection efforts and more.

Balloon Busting Crew

April 6, 2020

The Final Straw Galveston

February 22, 2019

Education & Outreach

December 5, 2018

Ike Dike: Coastal Barrier System

December 5, 2018

Microplastics Research

December 5, 2018

Bring the Bag

December 4, 2018

Sea Turtles on the Pier

December 4, 2018

Beach Cleanups

December 4, 2018

Upper Texas Coast Sea Turtle Patrol

November 21, 2018

Turtles About Town

November 13, 2018

Why It Matters

In addition to being home to millions of migratory birds, 29 marine mammals and 50 shark species, the Gulf of Mexico is also home to five species of endangered sea turtle; including the Kemp’s ridley.

Our programs span the Gulf of Mexico—from the colorful coral reefs of Mexico to the sandy beaches of Galveston, Texas—and include projects to protect sharks, marine mammals, and seabirds from a myriad of threats like industrial overfishing, destruction of coastal and riverine habitat, and the threat of climate change from fossil fuel projects. Each gives the public a chance to get involved in our species-saving efforts.

What You Can Do

We need your help protecting and restoring marine wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Latest News

75 Percent of Public Comments to NOAA Plan for Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Support Expansion

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For Immediate Release, June 24, 2020 Contact Todd Steiner, Executive Director, tsteiner@seaturtles.org, 415-488-7652 Joanie Steinhaus, Gulf Program Director, joanie@seaturtles.org, 512-417-7741 75 Percent of Public Comments to NOAA Plan for Flower…

After Covid-19 Closures, Gulf Beaches Reopen as Sea Turtles Nest

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A critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle tries to nest on a beach in Surfside, Texas. | Photo by Turtle Island Restoration Network For Immediate Release, June 16, 2020 Contact:…

Proposed Rule Could Triple Size of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

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For Immediate Release, June 8, 2020 Contacts: Joanie Steinhaus, Turtle Island Restoration Network, joanie@seaturtles.org Anna Farrell-Sherman, Environment Texas, afarrell-sherman@environmenttexas.org  Lacey McCormick, National Wildlife Federation, mccormick@nwf.org  Proposed Rule Could Triple Size…