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

April 29, 2014

Daily Sea Turtle Nest Counts on the Texas Coast

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

NOAA Rejects Reopening Ocula Coral Reef to Rock Shrimp Trawling

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The Oculina coral reef is a 90-mile strip of reefs off the central east coast of Florida. The area takes its name after the slow-growing ivory-tree coral, Oculina varicosa. The…

Single-Use Plastics To Be Phased Out Department of the Interior

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Last month, Turtle Island Restoration Network, along with other leading environmental, community, and other groups sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to direct the National Park…

Bag Fee Results in Reduced Plastic Usage

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According to a recent study by the United Kingdom government, the introduction of a higher charge for plastic bags resulted in lesser use. The past year, the introduction of a…