Here at TIRN, the new year is off to a quick start—we've made international news for tagging an agressive tiger shark in Costa Rica, and our lawsuit against the U.S. military is underway. With your support, we will continue to dive into 2019 with grassroots passion and effective advocacy leading the way. Thanks for being a part of our network!
TIRN Tags Aggressive Tiger Shark in Cocos Island
Todd Steiner, founder and executive director of TIRN, has successfully tagged a shark that is believed to have killed an American scuba diver and seriously injure another in November 2017 in Cocos Island National Park. The tag may monitor the shark's movements for two years, and will allow us to better understand this shark's habitat use in order to keep divers and wildlife safe.
Legal Battle Begins as U.S. Airbase Construction Starts in Dugong Habitat
As workers prepare to begin construction of a new U.S. military base in Henoko Bay in Okinawa, Japan, Turtle Island Restoration Network is gearing up for legal action to blast the destructive project. The planned base could wipe out the Okinawa dugong, one of Earth’s most endangered marine mammals. In January, we filed the opening brief to ensure this ecologically horrendous project is rejected.
Volunteers Recruited for Sea Turtle Nest Patrol
Each nesting season, our Gulf Office recruits and trains hundreds of volunteers to patrol sea turtle nesting beaches on the upper Texas coast to ensure the Kemp's ridley, the state sea turtle, returns for many years to come. We have recruited nearly 300 volunteers, but help is still needed on Bolivar.
TIRN Urges Congress to Address the Threat of Climate Change
Turtle Island Restoration Network joined more than 600 environmental groups on Thursday to call on the U.S. House of Representatives to pursue ambitious climate legislation that matches the scale and urgency of climate change.
Volunteer Divers, Scientists Tag Sharks on December Cocos Expedition
In December, a crew of volunteer divers, marine biologists, scientists, and dive masters joined Turtle Island Restoration Network on one of our yearly research expeditions to Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica. During the 10-day trip, expedition participants helped TIRN accomplish a number of important objectives.
TIRN Staff, Volunteers Plant Redwood Trees in Northern California to Fight Climate Change
Staff and volunteers of Turtle Island Restoration Network planted more than 300 redwood trees in northern California this month, expanding an effort to fight climate change and bring back endangered California redwood forests to Marin County, an ecosystem that has been reduced by 95 percent due to logging and development.
Take the Dive of a Lifetime This Summer
In June, our Cocos Island Expedition will take divers to experience, view, and photograph some of the most incredible marine biodiversity of the East Pacific, as well as participate in crucial research to protect these treasured waters. Join us!
Five Sea Turtle Friendly Resolutions for 2019
Whether it is a plastic bag or a discarded toy, plastic pollution impacts critically endangered sea turtles at every stage of their life. Please join us in making resolutions to reduce plastic pollution in 2019.