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Sea Turtle Currents eNewsletter| Turtle Island Restoration Network 

 End CA Driftnets - New Website Design - Mother's Day Gifts - Adopt a Nest  - Dive Trip of a Lifetime

APRIL 2014

Dear Friend,

Welcome to Turtle Island's newly designed eNewsletter! In this updated issue you will find even more information about how to get involved from events to dive trips to online actions you can take to help protect sea turtles.  We hope you enjoy our new eNewsletter and website style, as well as the stories about our work below.


Turtle Island Restoration Network

New Integrated Website Design

Turtle Island Restoration Network is proud to announce the rollout of our new, visually stunning website – SeaTurtles.Org! Our website makes taking action to protect our blue-green planet even easier!

The new functional design brings together all of Turtle Island’s programs – from our work in Galveston, Texas monitoring sea turtle nesting beaches to our work in the San Francisco Bay Area restoring creek side habitat for endangered salmon - in one easy to use website.

Leatherback Sea Turtle. Photo by Scott Benson.

Tell California to End Driftnets

Protect Sea Turtles, Whales & Dolphins

The California driftnet fishery is small but deadly. It consists of 20 or fewer active vessels that are responsible for accidentally killing an average of 138 marine mammals every year -- more than any other commercial fishery along the U.S. West Coast. It’s time to stop whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and thousands of fish from needlessly drowning in drift nets along the California coast. If you live in California please click here to send a letter directly to your assemblymember. If you live elsewhere, please consider making a donation here to help us continue our fight for marine wildlife protections and modern fishing practices.

Mother's Day Gifts

Mother's Day Gifts

Pre-order now and surprise mom with unique ocean-themed gifts that also benefit our blue-green planet. Find the perfect gift for Mother's Day  (May 11th) in our online store, which features one-of-a-kind blown-glass sea turtle pendant necklaces, golden-hued sea turtle and amber bead earrings, rose geranium scented soaps and many more carefully selected items. Give a truly thoughtful gift for Mother’s Day by clicking here. Order by May 1st for delivery by May 11th.

Adopt a Nest for Spring

Our effective sea turtle nesting beach monitoring program that helps protect endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles and their hatchlings in the Gulf of Mexico is in need. This spring, please purchase a Special Adopt a Nest with a Felted Wool Turtle! The nests include an adorable felt sea turtle handmade in the USA, a personalized adoption certificate, turtle fact sheet, 'Viva La Tortuga' newsletter and a sea turtle hatchling post card.  Click here to purchase an Adopt a Nest!

Support Us
Turtle Island's Sea Turtle Restoration Project protects and restores all seven species of sea turtles through hard-hitting advocacy and innovative on-the-ground efforts. Show your support by making a donation today!
Cocos Sea Turtle by Nonie
Cocos Island Turtle & Shark Tagging Expeditions

Join Turtle Island from Dec. 9 - 19 for an exclusive scuba research expedition to study, photograph and tag sea turtles and sharks in beautiful Cocos Island National Park. The park is one of the world's most fantastic dive sites and is located halfway between Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands. See amazing 360-degree views of the Cocos Island, the Undersea Hunter vessel and underwater views from the DeepSee submersible here.

On this trip-of-a-lifetime you will work closely with Turtle Island’s Executive Director Todd Steiner and have hands-on opportunities to capture sea turtles underwater and bring them on-board to attach satellite and acoustical transmitters, which track their movements. You will also have abundant opportunities to photograph and tag hammerhead sharks!

Contact Madeline Rose at or call 1-800-859-7283 to register or learn more about this fantastic dive trip. Only eight spots are left on the December expedition!
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Coho Salmon Habitat Restoration Projects

"We are elated to get the opportunity to improve this habitat for the benefit of endangered coho salmon and the American people, who are the owners of our National Park Service lands," said Turtle Island's Executive Director Todd Steiner.
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Photo by Mark Sullivan, NOAA affiliate

Upcoming Events 

Earth Day Native Plant
Restoration Day

California - April 19

Native Plant Nursery
Volunteer Fridays
California - April 25

Pacifica Eco Fest
California - April 26

Bay Day
Texas - April 26

Coastwide Clean Up
Texas - April 26


Help us protect marine wildlife, wild oceans, and our backyard rivers and streams!
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