Current Actions

  • Save Critically Endangered Coho Salmon

    Coho salmon are already critically endangered, but weak streamside protections would bring them even closer to extinction.

    The largest, most important population of this species resides in Marin County, CA. While Central California Coho salmon have disappeared from streams spanning their historic range, the San Geronimo Watershed supports one of the strongest remaining populations of this species of anywhere in California.

    Despite the need to protect this vital area, the County’s earlier approach would have allowed more than 500,000-square-feet of new development (the equivalent of two WalMart stores) inside the so-called 100-foot Stream Conservation Area on developed parcels within the tiny ten-square-miles of the San Geronimo Watershed alone.

    Instead, Marin’s Coho salmon need a common sense, science based ordinance that will be effective in protecting and restoring critical streamside vegetation and habitat. The annual spawning runs of Marin's coho salmon have already dwindled by 90 percent of historic levels.

    A strong science-based stream ordinance may be the last chance to save this legacy species from what federal biologists have termed "an extinction vortex."

    We can't continue to promote real estate development without considering how we can support and restore our important population of coho salmon before it's too late. We must take action now.

    TAKE ACTION! Sign our petition and let the Marin County Board of Supervisors know we want them to write an improved SCA ordinance that protects Marin County's critically endangered coho salmon from further habitat loss.

  • Save Sperm Whales & Sea Turtles from the Secret Massacre off our California Coast

  • Save Sperm Whales & Sea Turtles from the Secret Massacre off our California Coast

    Did you know that the California driftnet fishery for swordfish continues to capture, harm and sometimes even kill sperm whales,sea turtles, sharks, whales, dolphins and sea lions?

    This deadly fishery tosses back, dead and damaged more than half of its catch. The capture and deaths of two endangered sperm whales were observed in the drift gillnet fishery. That is equal to an estimated total of 16 whales caught and injured or killed within five year timespan based on low observer coverage of 20 percent of less. This rate could seriously endanger this long lived species.

    The secret massacre off our California coast and slaughter of marine life is tolerated only to allow an economically marginal fishery to continue, even while costing taxpayers more than the value of the fish.

    Take Action! Tell the Pacific Fisheries Management Council that you care about endangered sperm whales and sea turtles. Ask them to take action to close this deadly driftnet fishery once and for all.

    Copyright Doug Perrine. SeaPics.com

  • Take Action for Bluefin Tuna
  • Take Action for Bluefin Tuna

    Atlantic bluefin tuna are one of the fastest and largest fish in the sea. Despite their speed and size, hundreds of metric tons of bluefin are killed as bycatch each year in the U.S. longline fishery that targets yellowfin tuna and swordfish. This is a particularly harmful practice in the Gulf of Mexico, which is the only known spawning ground for western Atlantic bluefin.

    Now, thanks to a new NOAA Fisheries amendment, things are about to change for these speedy fish.

    The new amendment, once implemented, will provide important new protections for bluefin. For instance, it will restrict the use of longlines in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of North Carolina in areas of high bluefin abundance, limit incidental bluefin mortality on surface longlines, and require enhanced monitoring measures that will promote improved management of bluefin and other marine life. The two new gear-restricted areas in the Gulf of Mexico are 30 percent larger than what was originally proposed in large part due to public input from people like you. These protections will help protect the bluefin tuna as well as many other marine species.

    Final Amendment 7 is a huge accomplishment that will usher in a brighter future for bluefin tuna. Take Action to congratulate NOAA Fisheries on developing a strong bluefin amendment and encourage them to implement it immediately!

  • Tell Texas to Save Sea Turtles in the Aftermath of the BP Oil Spill

    Four years after the devastating Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, has ruled BP was "grossly negligent" in their actions before, during and after the spill.

    Unfortunately, the most endangered sea turtle, the Kemp’s ridley, was hit the hardest by the spill. Nearly 500 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were found dead during the spill and this total does not include turtles that perished undetected.

    The oil from the spill has threatened every stage of a sea turtle’s life, and for the past three years we have recorded a decline in the number of nesting Kemp’s ridley. It is not clear how widespread or long lasting the effects of the spill will be on turtles, but it is clear that they need our help. 

    Tens of thousands of sea turtles were located in coastal waters within the surface oil and exposed to the oil. Sea turtles also suffered the loss of important foraging and nesting habitats.

    To date Texas has not dedicated any funds for sea turtle rehabilitation or restoration projects.  It is imperative that Texas recognize the perilous status of this endangered animal.  I call on you to personally TAKE ACTION to ensure that funds are dedicated for the recovery of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.

    Please sign our petition and call on Commissioner Toby Baker to provide funding to save the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles from extinction.

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  • Save Dugongs & Coral Reef in Japan

     

  • Tell Governor Jindal to Revoke the Outlaw Shrimper's Permit and enforce federal TEDs laws
  • Tell Governor Jindal to Revoke the Outlaw Shrimper's Permit and enforce federal TEDs laws

    Federal laws to protect sea turtles in Louisiana waters are being willfully unenforced by LA Governor Bobby Jindal. A culture of outlaw shrimping has ensued, endangering untold numbers of endangered Kemps ridley sea turtles. Here is one tragic example:

    Recently in Louisiana, a shrimper named Herman Williams, Jr. was penalized by federal judge Karen Wells Roby for sewing shut the "sea turtle escape hatch" in his shrimp net. His penalty: A $10 fine!

    A fine of just $10, even though he risked the lives of untold sea turtles…

    Even though the "escape hatch," called a Turtle Excluder Device, is a sea turtle protection required by federal law...

    Even though Williams’ first violation for failing to have a TED originally received a $15,000 fine, and he was expected to be given a $25,000 fine and jail time for the second violation...

    Even though he admitted he was guilty!

    Louisiana’s terrible record of ignoring law-breaking shrimpers contributed to this judge’s ridiculous decision.

    Please sign the petition below and tell Governor Jindal to revoke Williams' permit and start enforcing federal TEDs laws.

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    We all need to oppose a bill, AB 2075, that allows Louisiana to sell alligator and crocodile products in California. This is an outrage given Louisiana's backwards stance on sea turtle protection. Who really needs to wear belts, boots or vests made from alligator or crocodile skins anyway? Take Action! Tell your California state Senator and Assemblymember to Vote NO on AB 2075.

    AB 2075 extends poor public policy which legalizes commerce that endangers protected alligators and crocodiles, and contributes to inhumane treatment of animals. California must not waive its strong environmental laws for Louisiana, a state with weak endangered species and animal protection policies that fall far short of California's.

    Why AB 2075 is a Bad Bill for Endangered Species

    • Current California state law prohibits the importation of the dead body or parts of specific wildlife that are critically endangered by the global wildlife trade, including alligators and crocodiles.
    • These protections ensure that Californians do not contribute or participate in commercial trade in endangered and threatened species.
    • Nearly two dozen species of alligators and crocodiles are listed as threatened or endangered.
    • Skins of alligators and crocodiles that are taken from animals farmed in Louisiana or elsewhere must attach numbered non-reusable tags. But finished products like shoes, purses, belts, do not retain those tags.
    • Without a way to trace the hides to the end product, Californians could end up purchasing items made from wild-caught endangered animals.
    • Louisiana has a terrible record on protecting endangered sea turtles by failing to enforce federal regulations requiring use of Turtle Excluder Devices in its shrimp fleet. As a result Louisiana shrimp is on the Seafood Watch "red" list to be avoided.

    Photo Credit: USA, Everglades National Park - American Crocodile National Park Service Photo © Rodney Cammauf.

  • Keep Sea Turtles Safe in the South China Sea and Beyond!
  • URGENT: Speak Out Today to End CA Driftnets & Support AB 2019!

    It’s time to stop whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks and thousands of fish from needlessly drowning in driftnets along the California coast — once and for all.

    *Note: If your assemblymember sits on the Water & Parks Wildlife Committee you will be able to send an email directly to them.

  • Tell California to End Driftnets - Protect Whales, Dolphins and Turtles

  • Stop the Western Australia Shark Cull

     

  • Pledge to Eat Only Turtle-Safe Seafood

    Around the world every day, industrial fishing takes sealife out of the ocean for restaurants, grocery stores, and our dinner tables.

    These fisheries use billions of hooks and thousands of miles of nets in the ocean to catch wild fish, but they also catch innocent sea turtles, whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife every day. 

    Swordfish and tuna caught with longlines and drift gillnets kill thousands of sea turtles and sharks by accident each year.

    The highest bycatch fishery in the United States is the shrimp trawl fishery, responsisble for 98 percent of all bycatch.

    The Louisiana shrimp fleet is the biggest U.S. shrimp fishery and is the only state with a law that bans the enforcement of federal laws requiring Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs). As a result, Seafood Watch has put Louisiana shrimp on its red list and to be avoided.

    Even worse, now seafood eco-labels are being granted to some of the most high bycatch fisheries around in the name of seafood profits. The Marine Stewardship Council is labeling every fishery in sight as sustainable so that giant chain stores can bluewash their seafood counters and make millions in profits.

    If you care about healthy ocean life, please take the pledge below to not to eat or purchase Louisiana shrimp, swordfish, or tuna. 

  • Tell California to End Driftnets - Protect Whales, Dolphins and Turtles

     

  • Stop the Western Australia Shark Cull

    Please join the world’s shark conservation community in telling Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett that you don’t support his misguided shark mitigation policy.

    Several fatal shark encounters in Western Australian waters in the last few years has prompted Premier Barnett to wrongly conclude that the only way to prevent fatal shark bites is to indiscriminately kill sharks. Drum lines have been set to catch and kill any shark over 3 meters. This includes the great white shark, which is currently a threatened species. More than 4,500 people protested against this cruel policy in just one day, but Barnett refuses to budge on his wrong-headed decision. One shark has already been killed and the drum lines are set to kill many more. 

    The letter below will be delivered to Premier Barnett to urge him to stop this inhumane and illogical shark mitigation policy. Please join us in our support of sharks.

     

    Western Australia's Premier Colin Barnett

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  • Tell Governor Jindal that the time is right to reverse Louisiana's outdated laws

     

  • Pacific Leatherback Conservation Pledge

     

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  • Ban Longlines in Gulf of Mexico Bluefin Tuna Spawning Areas

     

  • Save Endangered Sea Turtles from Guatemala Shrimp Trawls

     

  • Take Action to Stop Extinction!