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The Sea Turtle Restoration Project’s Mission: To protect and restore endangered sea turtles and marine biodiversity worldwide in ways that incorporate the ecological needs of marine species and the economic needs of local communities, both of which share our common marine environment. We accomplish our mission through grassroots and policy-maker education, consumer empowerment, strategic litigation and by promoting sustainable local, national and international marine policies.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning Luis Guillermo Solís, Daniel Ortega, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, Jimmy Morales

Stop killing silky sharks for fins

Strengthen Global Protections for Silky SharksThe silky shark needs your help. Getting its name from its smooth skin and slim body, the silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) is an important apex predator that helps maintain the health of our oceans. Unfortunately, due to overfishing primarily from longliners and purse seiners that target tuna and mahi mahi, these animals are now listed near threatened globally by the IUCN Red List, with some populations in the more precarious vulnerable category. Silky shark numbers have declined ~90% in the central Pacific from the 1950s to the 1990s. Fins from an estimated 500,000 to 1.5 million silky sharks are traded globally per year. It is the second- or third-most common species auctioned on the Hong Kong fin market, which represents over half the global trade. Sign our petition calling on the Presidents of Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua to support listing silky sharks, under Appendix II of CITES (Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). We plan on delivering signatures in mid-September so please sign the petition and share it as widely as you can. If silkies gain this status, countries will be required to take concrete action to reverse the negative population trend and begin protecting this shark species. Let's give the silkies a fighting chance!
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Petitioning National Marine FIsheries Service

Protect Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles

October 1 UPDATE: More than 120,000 signatures were delivered for the NMFS comment period, but we need to continue showing support for protecting Hawaiian sea turtles, so please continue to sign and share! My name is Chris Pincetich, and for as long as I can remember, my fondest childhood memories were swimming nearby Hawaii’s sea turtles. My family and friends on Oahu all care deeply about local green sea turtles, known as honu to native Hawaiians, but now the honu are threatened by a proposal to remove protections that have allowed them to thrive. Over the last forty years, hunting of sea turtles has been banned on Hawaii and now it is common to see sea turtles basking in the sun without fear. If hunting them were again allowed, they would be slaughtered on public beaches for their meat and shells, to be sold to restaurants and turned into souvenirs. Take action before the October 1 to ensure a future for Hawaiian honu! Thanks to conservation work by and allies, sea turtles have a fighting chance to recover from the brink of extinction. In Hawaii, they are rebounding from just 67 nesting females to over 800 now. However, their population is far short of the published goal of 5,000 Pacific green sea turtles needed to declare their population as recovered. The honu are innocent ancient ocean navigators that deserve protection from hunting. The National Marine Fisheries Service needs to hear from you today that you oppose removing them from the Endangered Species Act, oppose the movement to allow hunting of sea turtles, and support protecting critical habitat for the honu. (Proposed rule NOAA-NMFS-2012-0154) Join our ‘Ohana (family) at to protect the honu, check the box when you sign-on to keep informed!
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