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Prop 67- #GivingTuesday - Take Action! - Dive Trip

California Votes to Ban Plastic Bags

Turtle Island Restoration Network has been working alongside fellow environmentalists and advocates to ban plastic bags in California. Californians use almost 13.8 billion bags each year, and the average family uses 1,500 plastic bags per year. Just 3 percent of those bags are recycled in a costly process that often jams recycling plants machines. Plastic bags can harm wildlife, contribute to litter and are found on beaches, in the ocean and public parks.

On Nov. 8th, California voters showed up and voted in favor of Proposition 67 to ban plastic bags, and against Proposition 65 which aimed to punish grocers supporting the plastic bag ban. Voters shot down both of these measures put forth by the monied plastic bag industry, and instead voted to protect the ocean and marine wildlife!

Turtle Island applauds California for voting to put in place the first statewide bag ban in the nation, and showing leadership on this important issue. Marine wildlife like sea turtles can easily mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, and plastic bags can clog up and litter our environment. We hope that California's ocean-friendly policies will show other states the way forward!Read more »

#GivingTuesday is Almost Here!

Turtle Island Restoration Network has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Occurring this year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Turtle Island's goal is to raise $5,000 to help us continue our work to protect marine wildlife and our oceans! Will you help us reach this goal by making a donation?

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Urge US Government to Increase Observer Coverage of California’s Deadly Drift Gillnet Fishery

The California drift gillnet fishery for swordfish and shark is the most dangerous fishery for whales and other marine mammals along the U.S. West Coast from California to Alaska. Over the past decade, this fishery killed or injured almost 800 dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals.

Last year, Turtle Island and allies won new rules requiring increased observer coverage and hard caps (triggers that will result in the immediate closure of the fishery when certain numbers of animals are killed or injured).

Turtle Island believes that this deadly fishery needs 100 percent observer coverage and that the hard cap levels need to be reduced to better protect marine species.

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Dive with Sharks & Sea Turtles on a Cocos Island Expedition

Reserve Your Spot Today! Make 2017 a Year of Adventure!

Trip Dates:
August 4 – 14, 2017 (10-day trip on the Argo)
December 3 – 13, 2017 (10-day trip on the Argo)

You’re invited to join Todd Steiner, Executive Director of Turtle Island, on an 10-day live-aboard dive research expedition to Cocos Island National Park this fall to help study the sea turtles and sharks of the region. Our aim is to better understand these species’ movements, and collect data necessary to advocate for marine protected "swimways." Cocos Island National Park and World Heritage site is located southwest of Costa Rica’s mainland. Known as one of the world’s most incredible diving destinations, it is famous for its large populations of scalloped hammerhead and white tip reef sharks, and boasts a number of endemic fish that occur nowhere else on the planet. Hammerheads are easily viewed at close range at "cleaning stations," and inquisitive green turtles commonly approach our dive teams, offering fantastic photographic opportunities and facilitating tagging studies.

For more information, please contact: Sarah Millus at info@seaturtles.org or call 1-800-859-7283 to register or learn more!

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Featured Events

Book Passage: Citizen Scientist

December 18, 2016 at 1 pm
Corte Madera, California

Please join us at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Sunday, Dec. 18th at 1 pm for Mary Ellen Hannibal’s talk on her book Citizen Scientist.  SPAWN will be tabling and speaking with attendees!

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10-Day Scuba Diving Expedition

August 4– 14, 2017
Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Join a research expedition to Cocos Island, Costa Rica and work alongside scientists to research sea turtle and sharks.

(Photo © Noaj Sevahc).

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10-Day Scuba Diving Expedition

December 3 – 13, 2017
Cocos Island, Costa Rica

Join a research expedition to Cocos Island, Costa Rica and work alongside scientists to research sea turtle and sharks.

(Photo © Noaj Sevahc.)

Learn More »

Upcoming Events

Workshop: Plant Propagation  - Saturday, December 3, 2016 - Olema, CA
Workshop: Plant Propagation  - Saturday, December 10, 2016 - Olema, CA

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