Sea Turtle Restoration Project Overview
Target demographics: With projects in California, Texas, Costa Rica and Papua New Guinea, STRP has been leading the international fight to protect sea turtle populations worldwide by partnering with activists and communities to protect nesting beaches, establish marine conservation areas and reform fishery practices and policies.
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In Costa Rica, created a new wildlife refuge for leatherback and olive ridley sea turtles with 25 continuous miles of sea turtle nesting beaches now being monitored by biologists and volunteers on the Nicoya Peninsula.
Mobilized 465 indigenous Papua New Guineans to sign a petition to halt planned seabed mining by Nautilus, Inc. that would be devastating to marine life.
Filed a petition that is now under consideration by the U.S. government recommending that loggerhead sea turtles found off the U.S. West Coast be listed as an Endangered Species.
Took legal action leading to a federal court ruling that banned high seas longline fishing as a violation of the Endangered Species Act.
Brought legal action to successfully close 2 million square miles of ocean to Hawaii-based longline fishers.
In Mexico, catalyzed an international campaign that resulted in Mexico joining CITES, a treaty restricting endangered species trade, ending the slaughter of 50,000 sea turtles each year and banning sea turtle egg harvesting.