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    Teachers to Learn New Environmental Education Skills at Turtle Island’s ‘Headwaters to Sea’ Professional Development

    August 31st, 2015

    The Summer Salmon Institute for 3rd to 5th grade teachers encourages science-based watershed education in elementary classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program is leading the free workshop in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (BWET).

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    Three Restoration Grants Totaling $665,237 Go to Salmon Projects in Marin

    March 2nd, 2015

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP) has announced 2015 funding totaling $665,237 for three projects all located in West Marin’s critical Lagunitas Creek Watershed. Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) program was awarded two of the three grants, with the third grant going to the Marin Municipal Water District.

Sea Turtles

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    Turtle Island Calls to End California’s Driftnet Fishery

    January 26th, 2016

    The ocean and marine conservation organization, Turtle Island Restoration Network launched a new campaign to call for a phase out of California’s driftnet fishery.

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    We Did It! Gov. Jindal Protects Gulf of Mexico Sea Turtles from Drowning in Trawl Nets at Long Last

    July 2nd, 2015

    Today (July 1) Governor Bobby Jindal signed Louisiana House Bill 668 into law. Sea turtle conservation groups are welcoming the new law because it will give Louisiana law enforcement officers the power to inspect shrimp boats for Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs), which allow sea turtles to escape drowning via a turtle-sized hatch on the trawl nets. Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed a similar bill passed by the legislature in 2010.

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    Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins on Upper Texas Coast

    April 30th, 2015

    On April 24, the Kemp’s ridley nesting season officially began on the Texas coast, with the first nest found on South Padre Island. Turtle Island Restoration Network patrol teams have been walking along the Upper Texas Coast for weeks now, looking for sea turtles, crawl tracks, and disturbances in the dunes that would indicate a sea turtle had left the water to look for a suitable place to lay eggs.

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    Louisiana’s No Friend to Sea Turtles

    March 24th, 2015

    For those of us who have been lucky enough to watch a giant sea turtle lumber ashore and lay her eggs, or seen baby

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