February eNewsletter

Sea turtle nesting season is almost here, which means female sea turtles will swim thousands of miles on their annual migration to return to the same nesting grounds at which they were born to lay eggs. A few weeks later, tiny baby sea turtle hatchlings will emerge and make their way to sea. If you are interested in helping us protect nesting beaches from March to October, please consider Adopting a Nest of sea turtle hatchlings. Thanks for your support!

Help Pass Legislation to Protect Sharks & Rays

We have a chance to secure comprehensive protections for sharks and rays in Hawaiian waters -- the Hawaii Senate has proposed a landmark bill to make capturing, entangling, abusing or killing any shark or ray in Hawaiian waters illegal.  Nearly 100 million sharks are killed globally each year and 28% of shark species are at risk of extinction. But we must act now to show support for this important legislation.

US Army Corps' Coastal Barrier System Proposal Contains Incorrect Data About Gulf Sea Turtles

TIRN has sent a letter to the United States Army Corps of Engineers to comment on its proposed coastal barrier system, which would have negative impacts on almost half of the Federally-listed threatened and endangered species occurring in the study area. The proposal also contains incorrect statistics on sea turtles that will prompt a violation to the Endangered Species Act and cause irreparable damage to the recovery of threatened and critically endangered sea turtles.

'Turtles About Town' Raises Awareness of Sea Turtle Conservation on Upper Texas Coast

Our art project in Galveston, Texas has recently installed nineteen sea turtle statues, all designed by local artists, to highlight our conservation work in the Gulf of Mexico to protect the five endangered sea turtles that occur in the area. We're planning on installing twenty more!

Climate Change Causes Mercury Levels in Coastal Fish to Increase

A recent study suggests that climate change and the loss of wetlands may contribute to increased levels of mercury concentrations in coastal fish. It is proven that consuming seafood containing mercury is harmful to health, especially for pregnant women and children. To make informed decisions to stay safe, you can use our Got Mercury? Calculator to see how much mercury is in the seafood you eat. 

Volunteers Collect More Than 1,000 Miles of Fishing Line on Texas Beaches

In 2018, our fishing line collection team collected 962.99 pounds of fishing line in the Gulf of Mexico, which is equivalent to 1,312.72 miles! Entanglement by fishing line is a major threat to marine animals like sea birds and sea turtles, and often results in death. We are so grateful to our volunteers for helping protect wildlife from this threat!

New Dates Added for Cocos Dive Expeditions!

We recently announced new trip dates to Cocos Island National Park, one of the world's most renowned dive spots, where we take divers to view, photograph, and help research the most biodiverse waters in the world. If you are a certified scuba diver, please join us!

Lagunitas Creek Sees Best Coho Run in 12 Years

This year’s Coho salmon run in Marin County, Califorina is the best it’s been in 12 years. The surge of salmon—a tiny fraction of the amount needed for recovery—is being credited to recent habitat restoration efforts to protect the endangered species, such as those pioneered by our program, the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, or SPAWN. We must continue to fight for this iconic species to ensure their numbers remain steady for generations to come.

Seismic Surveying For Oil Kills 31 Sea Turtles

Marine seismic surveying done by an Italian company off the shores of Israel caused dozens of injured sea turtles to wash ashore. The purpose of the seismic surveying was to find offshore oil and natural gas reserves. Only 15 of those washed ashore survived.

Florida Leatherback Nests Increase This Year

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute posted the statewide nesting totals this month. Florida is the only continental U.S. state where leatherbacks regularly nest, and this year's total of 949 is up from 663 nests in 2017.

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