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December Newsletter

From all of us here at Turtle Island Restoration Network, we wanted to send out a heartfelt THANK YOU for all your support this year to benefit marine wildlife and our oceans. Together we make up a community of more than 200,000 environmentalists and activists, working together to create a healthy and sustainable blue-green planet for all living things. We couldn't ask for better are like family to us!

Short Doc Highlights Cocos-Galapagos Swimway

The Economist magazine released a short documentary film this winter showcasing Turtle Island Restoration Network’s shark research—and it’s well worth the watch. The film, which debuted at the World Ocean Summit in Abu Dhabi, follows our research team to a remote island off Costa Rica where we have discovered at least three endangered species of shark and two species of endangered sea turtle migrate along a 400-mile underwater highwayknown as the Cocos-Galapagos Swimway—where there is little or no protection from fishing vessels. In addition to conducting multiple research expeditions per year, we are actively working with our partners and the governments of Costa Rica and Ecuador to turn the swimway into a marine protected area—creating the world's first MPA between two nations.

Federal Rules Could Protect Coral Reefs in Gulf

Turtle Island Restoration Network submitted comments in November to voice our support of federal rules that would restrict fishing around coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. Deep sea corals are already under tremendous stress from global climate change, rising sea temperatures, invasive species, and more. Bottom-contact fishing gear can exacerbate and further harm corals, causing immediate damage to these slow growing organisms, making it very difficult for corals to recover. Deep sea corals provide important, complex, biodiverse fish habitat and are crucial for the survival of marine life.

TIRN Urges Next U.S. President to Declare National Climate Emergency

Turtle Island Restoration Network joined 500 U.S. environmental and climate justice groups in calling on the next U.S. president to declare a national climate emergency. The groups released a plan that urges the next administration to take 10 executive actions in its first 10 days in office to confront the climate crisis. The groups’ action plan calls for the use of existing executive powers to take bold, foundational steps on climate including immediately rejoining the Paris Agreement and revising U.S. commitments under the accord to make meaningful emissions reductions and finance pledges. These changes would help the United States do its fair share as the world’s largest cumulative emitter of greenhouse gases.

Patagonia is Still Matching Donations to TIRN

When you donate to TIRN through Patagonia Action Works from now until December 31, Patagonia will match all donations until they've reached a maximum match of $10 million! Like you, Patagonia knows it is up to us to create long-lasting, positive change for sea turtles, pinnipeds, and the oceans that sustain them. This matching opportunity propels us into the new year with much-needed conservation funding for endangered species first. You can also make a donation on behalf of a loved one—a unique and sustainable gift. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Membership Support

We need your help to save endangered sea turtles and coho salmon! Everyday we receive letters, signed petitions and donations from people across the country. Now you, too, can join this movement and provide critical, behind the scenes support for our hands-on conservation efforts. We are currently seeking a membership support volunteer to work at our headquarters in Olema, California to help us process and enter data in databases and maintain accurate records of valuable company information.  If you are interested in helping us process data, please fill out our application form.

[VIDEO] Salmon Return to Marin County Creeks

TIRN observed adult salmon in Marin County's Samuel P. Taylor State Park late November, marking the start of the spawning season for California's salmon that are listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act! Following the first hard rainfall each winter, streams start to swell and wild salmon begin their homeward migration, swimming hundreds of miles from their ocean feeding grounds to return to their birthplace and continue the survival of their species. Click here to watch a video of threatened Chinook salmon in Lagunitas Creek. 

Marine Life Threatened as Ocean Loses Oxygen

The loss of oxygen from the world’s ocean is increasingly threatening fish species and disrupting ecosystems, a new IUCN report warns. Ocean oxygen loss, driven by climate change and nutrient pollution, is a growing menace to species such as tuna, marlin and sharks, according to the report released at the UN Climate Change conference in Madrid. The review report, "Ocean deoxygenation: Everyone's problem", is the largest peer-reviewed study so far into the causes, impacts and possible solutions to ocean deoxygenation.

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