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    Assembly Passes Bill to Protect Marine Wildlife from California Driftnets

    June 26th, 2018

    SB 1017, a bill that would transition California away from the use of large-scale driftnets, successfully cleared the California Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife. The bill was approved 10-2 and will now head to the California Assembly on Appropriations.

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    Reps. Lieu and Fitzpatrick Roll Out Bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act

    June 6th, 2018

    Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), both Members of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, rolled out the bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, which would phase out the use of large mesh drift gillnets off the coast of California and set a path toward more sustainable fishing in the region.

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    San Francisco Restaurant Refuses to Sell Swordfish Caught With Driftnets

    April 30th, 2018

    A San Francisco restaurant has become the first restaurant to refuse to sell swordfish caught with California driftnets after investigative footage revealed the impacts of this fishery on marine mammals and sharks.

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    Sens. Feinstein, Harris and Capito Introduce Federal Legislation to Ban “Driftnets” in Commercial Fishing Industry

    April 26th, 2018

    Sens. Feinstein, Harris and Capito Introduce Federal Legislation to Ban “Driftnets” in Commercial Fishing Industry Bipartisan legislation proposed on the heels of undercover investigation of controversial fishing practice (California, April 26) – Just two weeks after a coalition of animal protection and ocean conservation organizations released undercover video footage documenting the cruelty of the California driftnet fishery for swordfish, U.S. senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced legislation to phase out this fishery by 2020.



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    Campaign Launched in Mexico to Warn About the Health Risks of Eating Shark Meat

    July 6th, 2017

    Turtle Island has launched a campaign in Baja California, Mexico to warn seafood consumers about the health risks of consuming fish high in mercury, especially shark meat.

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    Marin-Based Wildlife Group Slams EPA Pick

    December 9th, 2016

    Turtle Island Restoration Network, a Marin-based wildlife organization, is raising a red flag over Donald Trump’s proposed appointment of Scott Pruitt as the head of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pruitt’s record has shown a favoritism towards the oil industry and actions against wildlife. Turtle Island is urging wildlife lovers to contact their Senators to urge them to oppose his Congressional confirmation.

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    El Niño Triggers Legal Requirement to Close Swordfish Drift Gillnet Fishery

    May 19th, 2016

    Environmental groups this week requested NOAA Fisheries meet its legal responsibility to close Southern California waters from swordfish drift gillnets to protect endangered loggerhead sea turtles.

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    Coalition Urges Leaders to Support Senate Bill 1114 to Phase Out Driftnets

    May 9th, 2016

    More than 30 environmental, ocean, conservation, and activist organizations representing over 1 million members signed on to a joint letter today led by Turtle Island Restoration Network calling on California Senators and Assemblymembers to support Senate Bill 1114. This bill would end the most harmful fishing practice on the West Coast by reducing the number of damaging driftnets off the California coast by phasing out remaining driftnet fishing permits and transitioning to more sustainable deep-set buoy gear.

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    Marin School Hits Water Conservation Milestone

    February 23rd, 2018

    While California might be facing another multi-year drought, a Marin County public school has reached a water conservation milestone: over 360,000 gallons of water saved. The water was collected and stored by a single rooftop rainwater collection system at the Lagunitas School.

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    Rains Bring Highly Unusual Salmon Sightings in Marin County

    November 21st, 2017

    Four species of salmon have entered Marin County's Lagunitas Creek (through Tomales Bay from the Pacific Ocean) to mark the beginning of the spawning season.

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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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    Technology and more than 32,000 Square Miles of Area Closures Will Safeguard Atlantic Bluefin Tuna in the New Year

    December 11th, 2014

    Turtle Island Restoration Network delivered more than 3,800 petitions to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) supporting greater protections for Atlantic bluefin tuna populations. After five years of work by Turtle Island, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and our partners, on Dec. 2, 2014, NOAA Fisheries officially announced new, stricter regulations for the U.S. Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery.

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