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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Environment, Health, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Protection of Endangered Species, Public Health

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.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.