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Turtle Island Restoration Network

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews 335

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Environment, Health

Address:

PO Box 370 Forest Knolls CA 94933 USA

Mission:

Our mission is to take swift and decisive action to protect and restore marine species and their habitats and to inspire people in communities all over the world to join us as active and vocal marine species advocates. The Sea Turtle Restoration Project (STRP), founded in 1989, TIRN''s oldest and largest project, works to protect and restore endangered sea turtle populations worldwide in ways that meet the needs of the turtles and the needs of neighboring local communities using grassroots action, multimedia campaigns, hands-on conservation, environmental education, and litigation. STRP''s sponsoring nonprofit is Turtle Island Restoration Network or TIRN.

Results:

Along with other environmental groups, TIRN prevented the reopening of drift gillnet fishing into protected areas off the California and Oregon coasts. Created a new wildlife refuge for leatherback and olive ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica. 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. Successfully pressured Japan to end its trade in sea turtles.

Target demographics:

TIRN is an international nonprofit ocean advocacy and conservation organization based in West Marin County north of San Francisco. We currently have three main projects: Sea Turtle Restoration Project (STRP), Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN), and Got Mercury Campaign.

Programs:

Sea Turtle Restoration Project: Through our Sustainable Fisheries Solutions Program, we are working to save the critically endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle, which is facing imminent extinction from industrial longline hooks and gillnet fishing fleets. These unsustainable fishing techniques also threaten a host of additional marine species, including Hawaiian monk seals, false killer whales, black-footed albatross, white marlin, and sharks. In Costa Rica and Nicaragua, we are training local community members to protect nesting beaches and eggs, and we are working for enforcement of existing legal protections internationally through grassroots activism and strategic litigation. In Texas, we are educating teachers, students, and the general public about the need to protect sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico, and we are advocating for a permanent Marine Reserve to protect the endangered, but recovering, Kemp's ridley sea turtle. GotMercury.Org: Through our public health campaign, we are working to alert consumers about the threats from toxic mercury contamination in swordfish, tuna, shark, and other seafood. Through strategic litigation, we have required supermarkets in California to post warning signs at points of purchase, and we have convinced major supermarket chains to post advisories nationally. We are pressuring the federal government to take stronger measures to protect the public from mercury-contaminated seafood. Our online mercury-in-seafood calculator, www.GotMercury.org, allows individuals to assess their risk, based on their own personal habitats of seafood consumption. Salmon Protection and Watershed Network: In California, we are working to protect and restore endangered coho salmon and the critical creekside habitats on which we all depend. We are rescuing baby salmon that become stranded in drying pools, while at the same time, we are building rain gardens to replenish the water table. We are restoring native, riparian vegetation to decrease runoff, sedimentation, and pollution, and we are training volunteers to assist in scientific research needed to plan recovery efforts. Our citizen-based monitoring teams are also conducting water quality tests, spawning surveys, and habitat assessments. This campaign insures a local commitment to the future health of local watersheds, through the direct involvement of community volunteers.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I am very taken aback by the comment listed prior to this. I have been a donor to Turtle Island since its inception. I have known of Todd's work since he was at Earth Island and spear headed the campaign (which we live and are thankful for still today) to put Dolphin safe criteria on tuna cans all over America.
It is because of his efforts and long lived focus for environmental stewardship, that I have followed his campaigns till today and appreciate all that he continues to do.
I believe Todd and his staff and board have done amazing work since starting Turtle island. A Goldman
Prize for an affiliate and consistent coverage on a national scale, can only support what I write.
He runs a formidable organization, and works tirelessly to push for sustainable conservation goals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope they can only acquire more funding to enable their work

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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7 people found this review helpful

This is a great organizaton staffed by a few passionate people, intent on saving this magnificent species. They combine strong science with political courage and action. I have worked with them for over a year and their work continues to inspire me. Wish I had more time to dedicate to their important work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the information I've discovered through them about the amazing sea turtels.

Ways to make it better...

I had been able to give more time on a consistent basis.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Are they able to obtain funding to continue to support the important work.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I have had a wonderful experience working with STRP. I have been working with them since February 2010 at their main office in West Marin and have also worked with them getting petitions signed at the University of California at Berkeley. Everyone at STRP is focused and passionate about saving the sea turtles, not just for the sea turtles well being but for the health of our planet and the people who live on it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning more about sea turtles and the state of our planets oceans, then having the opportunity to educate others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dynamic group of individuals. Everyone is very educated and brings new ideas to the group. Also, very welcoming and friendly to me as a volunteer.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Not only protect the endangered sea turtles from becoming extinct, but help end the destruction of our oceans.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I like the easiness of petition signing thru the internet. When an action/petition needs to be done, I can sign it, and have my voice heard, almost instantly. I can broadcast the action done by STRP thru Facebook, and then onto my friends. I also like being updated about their campaigns around the world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the action that STRP is taking in fighting new proposal to extend longline fishing in Hawaiian and allow it in West Coast waters. And working at permanent closure of the Gulf of Mexico and Florida Bottom Longline fisheries.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its commitment to save, help, fight for the survival of the sea turtles. I like to educate people on the issues of fishing and the repercussion on the sea turtles population. Also the problem of poisoning by mercury while eating seafood.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do an ongoing education program to fight the disappearance of the sea turtles all over the world. It amaze me that a reptile that survived millions of years can go extinct because of human action in the last 300 years.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

Fantastic! I loved being involved with a group that has such a fantastic history of successes. Todd, Teri, Erica, Maeve, Madeline, Carol and the crew really care deeply about the worlds' sea turtles and it was very rewarding to volunteer with them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a lasting difference in the management of the world's oceans and beaches to ensure the survival of marine and aquatic life to the benefit of all creatures on earth, including us.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I have donated to this organization since its inception in 1989, and have felt very satisified with their use of funds. The Sea Turtle Restoration Network, has done an excellent job of outreaching to the public, and educating people through frequent newsletters and an extremely informative website.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The Sea Turtle Restoration Network's staff and volunteers are freindly, well informed, and dedicated to what they do. They have always been able to answer any of my questions and concerns.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

The Sea Turtle Restoration Project is a unique place that enables people concerned about sea turtles and the oceans to turn their passion and activism into real world results that transform fishing practices and policies and save the lives of animals. One of STRP's greatest strengths is its ability to be flexible in responding to emerging problems worldwide without a lot of bureaucracy to work through. STRP is a great example of a small, no frills nonprofit that gets a lot done for a little money.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing US laws upheld, the lives of sea turtles saved, every day people given an avenue for their passion, and coastal communities given a say in environmental protection.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

feeling like I made a real difference in protecting the oceans. I know that the work I did saved the lives of sea turtles and changed public opinion. I also enjoyed helping coastal communities balance environmental and social needs.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

increase public education and activism about the plight of sea turtles, support coastal communities developing innovative ways to protect sea turtles, and continue to expose the dangers of industrial fishing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

Very rewarding. The project is of tremendous urgency. With the use of current fishing practices on an ever insupportable scale, the oceans have become a veritable minefield for turtles. I was amazed how readily young adults on the Cal Berkeley campus understood the danger of the leatherbacks becoming extinct in the near future, that their children most likely will no longer know them in their natural habitat. It was an eye-opener for all who listened how limited/small the protected feeding grounds are and what the effects of the use of gill nets and longline fishing are. I found the public enthusiastically endorsing the efforts of the Sea Turtle Restoration Psroject before it is too late.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

once I had volunteered via internet, the response was immediate, exact, detailed, informative.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, informative, giving practical advice, efficient

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

1. buy off some legislators; 2. run a TV advertising campaign; 3. have pictures on cereal boxes for children; 4. supply schools with all this fishing info so that children get involved and bring the news home.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have supported this organization since its birth. If you have any money to give, Sea Turtle Restoration Project will give you the most bang for your buck. I donate monthly knowing my money is being put to good use. Sea Turtle Restoration Project has a long history of great wins for the sea turtles, the health of the oceans and the planet. It's easy to be part of this nonprofit and feel like you are making a meaningful contribution to the betterment of the planet. With STRP you will see your donations in action.... it's a good feeling.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the many fisheries regulations that are now in effect to protect sea turtles in the US and Central America as a result of STRP's hard work.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they get things done! They raise public awareness through demonstrations and full page ads in popular newspapers. Rules and regulations regarding fishing practices have changed to protect sea turtles as a direct result of STRP's hard work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

some of the most dedicated people I have ever met. Todd Steiner and Carole Allen are amazing!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world, making the oceans safer for sea turtles, sharks and other endangered and threatened sea creatures. Viva la tortuga!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

a year ago, i wrote a letter concerning the pollution in the ocean. i wanted to help the sea animals and what i did was make a petition.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that i was able to help animals

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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