Resources for the Media

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    Marin County Local Coastal Program Amendment Hearing Could Be Held Outside of Marin County

    September 29th, 2016

    This week, Turtle Island Restoration Network joined with the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC) and both sent letters to the Coastal Commission asking them to change the location of their November meeting to Marin in order to allow residents to participate in the Local Coastal Program amendments that are being considered.

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    Bay Area Biologist Fighting for Sharks in South Africa

    September 28th, 2016

    A Bay Area resident is taking the fight to protect our oceans from Northern California to South Africa. This week, thirty-year veteran environmental activist and biologist, Todd Steiner, executive director the Marin-based Turtle Island Restoration Network and SPAWN, is in South Africa advocating on behalf of marine wildlife. Joined by several colleagues, he is attending a major international treaty conference to promote greater protections for endangered marine species, including two species of sharks and several species of rays.

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    Thousand of Activists Call for Protection of Silky Sharks at U.N. Wildlife Conference in South Africa

    September 21st, 2016

    Today conservationists delivered a petition signed by 15,002 global citizens to the President of Costa Rica calling on him to support greater protections for silky sharks at an upcoming world wildlife conservation meeting.

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    Lawsuit Launched to Protect West Coast Whales From Dying in Nets

    September 12th, 2016

    Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect endangered whales from mile-long drift gillnets and strings of sablefish pots off the West Coast. After two years of record reports of whales entangled in fishing gear off the West Coast — more than 60 in 2015 alone — 40 whales were reportedly entangled as of June 30, putting 2016 on pace to break records again. New information indicates that one humpback whale population that migrates from Central America to feed off California consists of only about 400 individuals.

Sea Turtles

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    Conservationists Raise Alarm Over Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle Nesting Numbers

    September 6th, 2016

    In the heels of the expansion of Hawaii’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, new information released by federal researchers reveals a dangerous drop in the number of nesting Hawaiian green sea turtles. According to the NOAA Marine Turtle Biology and Assessment Program, nesting green sea turtle numbers dropped 84 percent compared to last year.

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    Report: Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches at Risk due to Climate Change

    August 29th, 2016

    Turtle Island’s new report, ‘Deadly Water: The Threat of Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels to Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches’ examines the impacts of sea level rise on major sea turtle nesting beaches for the seven species of sea turtles. The report identifies major nesting beaches that are at risk from climate change such as French Frigate Shoals in Hawaii where green sea turtles nest, and Padre Island National Seashore in Texas where Kemp’s ridley sea turtles nest.

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    Dolphins & Whales Illuminate the California State Capitol

    May 25th, 2016

    Late last night Turtle Island and the SF Projection Department lit up the State Capitol of California with images of dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and sea lions.

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    Just Released Graphic Photos Expose Carnage of Deadly California Driftnet Fishery

    May 20th, 2016

    Turtle Island Restoration released graphic photos exposing the deadly bycatch of mutilated dolphins, whales, sharks and sea turtles just days before a crucial vote in the California Senate to phase out this deadly fishery.

Sharks

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    Bay Area Biologist Fighting for Sharks in South Africa

    September 28th, 2016

    A Bay Area resident is taking the fight to protect our oceans from Northern California to South Africa. This week, thirty-year veteran environmental activist and biologist, Todd Steiner, executive director the Marin-based Turtle Island Restoration Network and SPAWN, is in South Africa advocating on behalf of marine wildlife. Joined by several colleagues, he is attending a major international treaty conference to promote greater protections for endangered marine species, including two species of sharks and several species of rays.

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    Thousand of Activists Call for Protection of Silky Sharks at U.N. Wildlife Conference in South Africa

    September 21st, 2016

    Today conservationists delivered a petition signed by 15,002 global citizens to the President of Costa Rica calling on him to support greater protections for silky sharks at an upcoming world wildlife conservation meeting.

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    Silky Sharks Singled Out as Species to Protect at International Conservation Meeting in Hawai’i

    September 8th, 2016

    This week, participants at an international conservation meeting in Hawaii set a new bar in the conservation of imperiled sharks by overwhelming voting in favor of a resolution to increase protections for silky sharks, a species facing dangerous declines due to industrial fishing practices.

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    California’s Driftnet Fishery Puts Sharks in Crosshairs

    June 27th, 2016

    For shark week, Turtle Island is releasing a new report titled, ‘The Deadly Impact of the California Driftnet Fishery on Sharks’. This report outlines how the California driftnet fishery is taking a deadly toll on shark populations and finds that fully 15 percent of the catch in the California driftnet fishery are sharks, many of them listed and protected under international treaties and agreements.

Mammals & Seabirds

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    Bay Area Biologist Fighting for Sharks in South Africa

    September 28th, 2016

    A Bay Area resident is taking the fight to protect our oceans from Northern California to South Africa. This week, thirty-year veteran environmental activist and biologist, Todd Steiner, executive director the Marin-based Turtle Island Restoration Network and SPAWN, is in South Africa advocating on behalf of marine wildlife. Joined by several colleagues, he is attending a major international treaty conference to promote greater protections for endangered marine species, including two species of sharks and several species of rays.

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    Lawsuit Launched to Protect West Coast Whales From Dying in Nets

    September 12th, 2016

    Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect endangered whales from mile-long drift gillnets and strings of sablefish pots off the West Coast. After two years of record reports of whales entangled in fishing gear off the West Coast — more than 60 in 2015 alone — 40 whales were reportedly entangled as of June 30, putting 2016 on pace to break records again. New information indicates that one humpback whale population that migrates from Central America to feed off California consists of only about 400 individuals.

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    Dolphins & Whales Illuminate the California State Capitol

    May 25th, 2016

    Late last night Turtle Island and the SF Projection Department lit up the State Capitol of California with images of dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and sea lions.

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    Just Released Graphic Photos Expose Carnage of Deadly California Driftnet Fishery

    May 20th, 2016

    Turtle Island Restoration released graphic photos exposing the deadly bycatch of mutilated dolphins, whales, sharks and sea turtles just days before a crucial vote in the California Senate to phase out this deadly fishery.

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    Costa Rica’s Silky Shark Conservation Proposal Undermines Global Shark Conservation Efforts

    June 23rd, 2016

    Conservationist Urge Adoption of EU Proposal at Tuna Meeting to Prevent Silky Shark Extinction For Immediate Release: June 23, 2016 CONTACT: Randall Arauz International

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    Conservationists Appeal for Protection of Silky Sharks

    June 20th, 2016

    Conservationists are calling on the global community to increase protections for silky sharks under the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC),* which is holding its annual meeting next week in Southern California. In particular, conservationists are supporting a proposal from the European Union (E.U.) that calls for 3-month closures on targeted silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) fisheries, and for banning the use of wire leaders (a type of gear that catches more sharks).

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    Study Shows Shark Meat in Costa Rican Markets Has High Levels of Toxic Mercury

    June 6th, 2016

    New data from George Mason University has revealed that shark meat sold in San Jose and Heredia food markets contain high levels of toxic mercury. The levels are so high that three shark species tested exceed U.S. federal health guidelines. Advocates are advising consumers, and especially women and children, to not buy shark due to risks to human health.

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    Dolphins & Whales Illuminate the California State Capitol

    May 25th, 2016

    Late last night Turtle Island and the SF Projection Department lit up the State Capitol of California with images of dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and sea lions.

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