4 Star 88x31Globally, 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 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. Read more below to learn about our work to protect sharks.


Action & Events

Defend our Marine Monuments

May 8, 2017

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

Oppose Trump’s Anti-Oceans Executive Orders

April 28, 2017

Send an email to President Trump today to defend marine monuments and oppose offshore oil drilling.

Tell Fishery Managers: End Deadly Driftnets

April 26, 2017

Tell the Pacific Fishery Management Council to require fishermen to replace harmful drift gillnets with safer gear.


After Being Sued, Feds Agree to Review Whale Killing Driftnet Fishery

August 18, 2017

Less than two months after Turtle Island initiated a lawsuit to protect endangered whales from the California drift gillnet fishery, the National Mari...

Boys and Girls Connect with National Marine Sanctuaries

August 3, 2017

During the summer Turtle Island Restoration Network had the opportunity to partner with Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma to integrate science education p...

CA Agency Denounces Federal Government’s Decision to Withdraw Whale Protection Rule

July 28, 2017

The CA Fish & Game Commission criticized the federal government's decision to withdraw a proposed rule to place strict limits on the number of sea tur...


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