Globally, shark species are facing steep declines in many populations. Indiscriminate industrial fishing has reduced the biomass of large predators such as tunas and sharks by up to 90 percent since the 1950s. Turtle Island Restoration Network is working to protect shark populations by reducing the capture in industrial fishing operations, challenging the shark fin trade, and conducting research to develop the scientific basis for protected areas and policy change.


Action & Events

Pledge to Boycott Unsustainably Caught Swordfish

October 11, 2017

Join the growing number of caring people making a smart choice about seafood.

Defend our Marine Monuments

May 8, 2017

Sign our petition asking Secretary of the Interior Zinke to defend protections for 5 national marine monuments.

Help Win a Shark Sanctuary in Brazil

March 8, 2017

Send an email to help protect sharks and rays in the last major shark diving spot in Brazil.


Whales, Sea Turtles Threatened by Trump Administration Proposal to Federalize West Coast Drift Gillnet Fishery

October 31, 2017

  WASHINGTON— The Trump administration proposed a rule today to federalize regulation of drift gillnets used to catch swordfish on the West Coa...

Turtle Island Restoration Network Calls for Action to Safeguard Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtles

October 16, 2017

The “critically endangered” Pacific leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) has experienced a catastrophic decline over the past two decades...

D.C. Report: Drift Gillnets

September 29, 2017

The fight to end the use of drift gillnets is going national. Turtle Island Restoration Network recently spoke in Washington D.C. at a congressional ...

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