June is always an exciting month here at TIRN—sea turtle nesting season is in full swing in the Gulf, our salmon habitat restoration sites teem with new growth, and data keeps flooding in from our Cocos Island Dive Expeditions. Before we know it, things will kick into high gear as autumn returns and we closely watch bills that speak up for sea turtles and sharks make their way through Congress. Stay tuned for ways to help us fight for our blue-green planet, and thanks for joining us on this wild ride!
Photo by Pete Winch.
Suit Filed to Save Sea Turtles from Lethal Longlines
In June, Turtle Island Restoration Network and The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration for permitting a new longline fishery in the Pacific Ocean. The fishery, authorized in May by the National Marine Fisheries Service, would operate off California despite a federal ban on longline gear created in 2004 to protect sea turtles. Longlines stretch up to 60 miles, with 1,000 hooks intended to catch swordfish and tuna. This fishing will threaten endangered leatherback sea turtles, as well as olive ridley and loggerhead sea turtles and Guadalupe fur seals.
Canada Bans Importing, Exporting Shark Fins
Sharks won a major victory in June as Canada became the first country to ban the importing and exporting of shark fins. Fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the global shark fin trade every year, including many endangered species. Shark finning has been banned in Canada since 1994, however it was still legal to import fins. Canada has been the largest importer of shark fins outside of Asia.
TIRN Marches for Marine Wildlife!
On World Oceans Day in early June, TIRN staff, interns, and volunteers joined a parade in Fairfax, California during the 47th annual Fairfax Festival. We walked in support of our local wildlife and our current campaign to end the driftnet fishery in federal waters. Thank you to our staff, interns, volunteers and supporters who joined us in spreading the sea turtle love!
SPAWN Wins State Grant to Help Improve Salmon Habitat on National Park Lands
Our California-based initiative, the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network, or SPAWN, was awarded a competitive grant to improve habitat for endangered salmon on Golden Gate National Recreation Area lands along Lagunitas Creek. The award, totaling $593,040, was one of 38 grants awarded statewide, and the only grant awarded for work in Marin County for multi-benefit ecosystem restoration and protection projects under California Department of Fish and Wildlife Proposition 1 and Proposition 68 grant programs.
Photo by GP Schmahl.
Get $500 off our December Cocos Expedition!
Turtle Island Restoration Network is offering $500 off our December Cocos Island Dive Expedition! This holiday, spend 10 days viewing, experiencing, and photographing the incredible marine biodiversity of the Eastern Tropical Pacific, as well as participating in sea turtle and shark migration research. The trip is scheduled for December 10-20, 2019, and is only $530 per day with the discount. As a public charity, payment towards a Turtle Island Restoration Network dive expedition may be tax-deductible. We also offer payment plans!
US House Votes to Block Offshore Drilling Off Atlantic Coast
The House passed a funding bill on Tuesday that includes language effectively blocking new offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling along the Atlantic coastline for a year. The consequences of offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling is devastating to marine wildlife, and causes habitat destruction, ocean acidification, and oil spills. In recent months, the Trump administration’s plans for offshore drilling have reportedly stalled after a federal judge threw out the president's 2017 executive order undoing the current bans. The legislation still requires approval from the Senate.
Tickets on Sale for 'The Art of Saving Sea Turtles'
Turtle Island Restoration Network will host The Art of Saving Sea Turtles, an evening benefit celebrating local sea turtle conservation and community art, on Sunday, September 29 at The Bryan Museum in Galveston, Texas. In its second year, The Art of Saving Sea Turtles showcases the Turtles About Town community-based art project and TIRN's sea turtle conservation efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. For more details and to purchase tickets, please visit our website.
Turtle Island Restoration Network is Hiring!
TIRN is currently looking for a Advocacy & Policy team member. This position designs and implements local, national and international advocacy strategies of the organization to promote protection of endangered marine species and healthy oceans and watersheds at our headquarters in Olema, California. If you are interested in the position, or know someone who might be, please visit the Careers page on our website to learn more and apply.
- Friday, July 5: Star Spangled Beach Cleanup. We're hosting a big beach cleanup in Galveston, Texas on the 5th of July! After the cleanup, Galveston Island Brewing is giving cleanup participants one free beer and 10% off your tab on the day of the beach cleanup! Get more details on our website.
- Sunday, September 29: The Art of Saving Sea Turtles. An evening benefit celebrating local sea turtle conservation and community art. In its second year, The Art of Saving Sea Turtles showcases the Turtles About Town community-based art project and TIRN's sea turtle conservation efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. Tickets are available on our website.