Turtle Island Restoration Network is thrilled to announce we are a top finalist for Best Non-Profit Organization in Galveston.com’s 2019 Best of the Island Awards!

All autumn long, thousands of visitors to Galveston.com have nominated their favorite people, places, and organizations in the annual Best of the Island Awards. Being a finalist in the Best Non-Profit Organization category is a significant distinction we are so honored to receive.

Voting has already started and will continue through December 31.  Before you can cast your votes, you must first register by submitting your email address, and following the directions displayed. You can vote for Turtle Island Restoration Network by clicking here and selecting the “Politics and Public Affairs” category. You may cast your vote once per day, per category.

Our office in Galveston, Texas protects and restores populations of endangered sea turtles and marine biodiversity on the Texas coast and throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

Just this year, our Gulf team made significant strides in our goals for education, hands-on sea turtle conservation, volunteerism, and advocacy and community arts including:

  • Recruiting more than 300 volunteers to look for nesting sea turtles from April-June. In total, we patrolled 18,360 miles of beach and contributed to locating and protecting a total of 190 nests throughout the  entire Texas coast!
  • Managing 49% of the fishing line collection tubes in Galveston County, collecting 1,081 pounds of fishing line that would otherwise end up in the ocean.
  • Installing 19 sea turtle statues designed by local artists around Galveston Island as part of our Turtles About Town campaign to raise awareness of the importance to protect the world’s most critically endangered sea turtle, the Kemp’s ridley.
  • Expanding our community-based microplastic pollution research through student and volunteer engagement, a project that is contributing to a growing need to collect, report, and share publicly accessible data on microplastics and plastic pollutants Gulf-wide.
  • Submitting more than 7,000 petitions to request state and federal agencies acknowledge the record-breaking number of stranded sea turtles and the need for Turtle Excluder Devices on all fishing vessels in the Gulf of Mexico.

We are so grateful for the ongoing support of our community and our members to engage Galveston and the upper Texas coast community in protecting iconic sea turtles and our coast’s natural heritage. Thank you for your ongoing support!

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