2017 has been a year of ups and downs for boots-on-the-ground and online activists. We’re not going to kid ourselves by thinking 2018 will be easy. There are challenges ahead and we’re ready to face them and fight for more protections for sea turtles, whales, dolphins, sharks and all ocean wildlife. We want to close out this year by focusing on the good things: the victories, the realizations, the turtle pics that brightened our days. Please join us in looking back on our most popular social media posts of 2017.

1. Everyone loves #TurtleTuesday.

Happy #TurtleTuesday!

Photo by Sean Scott Photography.

Posted by Turtle Island Restoration Network on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2. Reducing plastic bags in the ocean.

One big thing we can do to help sea turtles and other wildlife is ban plastic bags in our cities.

What else can we…

Posted by Turtle Island Restoration Network on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

3. Saving the ocean can seem like a daunting task, but we’re up for the challenge!

“Saving the ocean” can seem like a daunting task. We’ve compiled a list of ten things you can do today that will actually help coral reefs and marine species.

Posted by Turtle Island Restoration Network on Thursday, October 26, 2017

4. We just love sea turtles.

5. For over 10 years, we’ve sponsored a sea turtle hotline in Texas.

6. We added an office in Hawai’i this year!

Aloha from our Hawai’i office!⠀ ⠀ A Hawaiian green sea turtle, or honu, glides in the water.

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7. Protecting sea turtles is actually good for our economy.

8. We’re trying to shut down the California drift gillnet fishery.

9. We showed off this mural in Texas.

10. And of course, ringing in 2017 with you all was amazing!

Happy New Year!

Posted by Turtle Island Restoration Network on Saturday, December 31, 2016

Thank you so much for your support. To help us in our efforts to protect the ocean and the wildlife that inhabit it, please consider donating. Happy 2018!