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Killing Continues to Mount in California Drift Gillnet Fishery: Government Adds New Species
Today, the National Marine Fisheries Service published its final List of Fisheries for 2017. The list classifies U.S. fisheries based on the level of mortality and serious injury that occurs in each fishery. The California drift gillnet fishery is once again ranked as Category I, the most harmful rating a fishery can receive....
Posted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:21PM
Good Samaritans Relocate Monarch Butterflies to Sunny Santa Cruz
This is a story about how eight monarch butterflies escaped the freezing temperatures of Vacaville, Calif., and hitchhiked to sunny Santa Cruz, thanks to Good Samaritans (Good Monarcharians?) Rita LeRoy and Walter Rockholt of Vallejo. Photo: Rita LeRoy releases newly eclosed monarch butterflies in Santa Cruz. (Photo by Walter Rockholt)...
Posted: Wed Jan 4, 2017 6:23PM
Pacific Fisheries Management Council Nominated for ‘Shark Enemy’ Award by Turtle Island and Host of Concerned Environmental Groups
This week Turtle Island Restoration Network, a leading international marine conservation organization, and fellow environmentalists officially nominated the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) for the ‘Shark Enemy’ award by the conservation organization Sharkproject International....
Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:26AM
San Francisco Airport’s New Therapy Pig, LiLou, Prompts PETA Appeal
Serving Bacon and Ham at an Airport That Offers 'Therapy Pig' Encounters Is Like Serving Poodle Burgers at a Dog Show...
Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:35PM
Marin-Based Wildlife Group Slams EPA Pick
Turtle Island Restoration Network, a Marin-based wildlife organization, is raising a red flag over Donald Trump’s proposed appointment of Scott Pruitt as the head of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)....
Posted: Fri Dec 9, 2016 2:51PM
Urgent SeaWorld Protest at Coastal Commission Hearing
Oceano Hotel and Spa, 280 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (see this map: https://goo.gl/maps/FDzvfTCknN82)...
Event Date: Fri Nov 4, 2016 11:45AM
Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:58AM
Court to Monterey County: Lawsuit Over Wildlife Services Animal-killing Contract Can Move Forward
SALINAS, Calif., October 25, 2016 — The California Superior Court issued an order Monday evening denying Monterey County’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit, filed in June by animal protection and conservation organizations, that challenges the county’s contract renewal with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services. This notorious federal program has killed more than 3,000 coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions and other animals in the county in the past six years, largely in the name of pr...
Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:46PM
Turtle Island Restoration Network Wins Victory for Whales, Dolphins & Sea Turtles
A new proposed rule would put in place limits on the number of whales, sea turtles, and dolphins that the California driftnet fishery for swordfish can catch....
Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:35AM
Bay Area Biologist Fighting for Sharks in South Africa
A Bay Area resident is taking the fight to protect our oceans from Northern California to South Africa. This week, thirty-year veteran environmental activist and biologist, Todd Steiner, executive director the Marin-based Turtle Island Restoration Network and SPAWN, is in South Africa advocating on behalf of marine wildlife. Joined by several colleagues, he is attending a major international treaty conference to promote greater protections for endangered marine species, including two species ...
Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:34AM
Lawsuit Launched to Protect West Coast Whales From Dying in Nets
Conservation groups today filed a notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect endangered whales from mile-long drift gillnets and strings of sablefish pots off the West Coast. After two years of record reports of whales entangled in fishing gear off the West Coast — more than 60 in 2015 alone — 40 whales were reportedly entangled as of June 30, putting 2016 on pace to break records again. New information indicates that one humpback whale population that migrates f...
Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:36AM
Federal fishery managers allow wildlife protections to lapse in swordfish fishery
Monterey, CA, September 1, 2016 — Today the Pacific Loggerhead Conservation Area — a 25,000 square mile closure off Southern California to protect endangered sea turtles during El Niño years — re-opens to mile-long swordfish drift gillnets without necessary protections in place to reduce entanglement of sea turtles and marine mammals. With the fishery now entering peak season, threatened and endangered species are more vulnerable to capture, injury and death by this indiscriminate fishing gea...
Posted: Fri Sep 2, 2016 2:40AM
Sea Otter Shootings in Santa Cruz County
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) have made the public aware of the shooting deaths of three southern sea otters in late July or early August....
Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:34PM
1.8 Million Acres of Sierra Nevada Habitat Protected for Imperiled Frogs, Toads
SACRAMENTO, Calif., August 25, 2016 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced designation of 1,812,164 acres of protected “critical habitat” throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains for several endangered amphibians: the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, Yosemite toad and northern population of the mountain yellow-legged frog. The vast majority of the critical habitat for these amphibians is on federal public lands in national forests and national parks....
Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 10:18AM
Grazing in National Forest Restricted to Protect Rare California Frogs, Toads
OAKLAND, Calif., August 17, 2016 — In response to a notice of intent to sue filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Forest Service has restricted livestock grazing on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to prevent harm to the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and Yosemite toad, both of which are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The federal agency said in a letter that it is undergoing consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has adjusted grazing manag...
Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:23PM
Legal Filing Seeks to Halt Ranching Expansion, Elk Eviction at Point Reyes
OAKLAND, Calif., August 15, 2016 — The Resource Renewal Institute, Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project filed for a preliminary injunction in federal court Friday to block the National Park Service from pursuing a ranching expansion and elk-removal plan until the agency updates the park’s “general management plan” and assesses the environmental impacts of commercial dairy and cattle grazing at Point Reyes National Seashore....
Posted: Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:08PM
Legal Action Launched to Protect Western Snowy Plovers From Sand City Beach Resort
Construction of Sprawling “Eco-Resort” Will Likely Kill Threatened Shorebird...
Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 5:23PM
California’s Driftnet Fishery Puts Sharks in Crosshairs
A new report by Turtle Island Restoration Network (seaturtles.org) outlines how the California driftnet fishery for swordfish is taking a deadly toll on shark populations, and finds that 15 percent of the fisheries catch is sharks, many of which are listed and protected under international treaties and agreements....
Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:33AM
State Evidence Suggests New Wolf May Be in California's Lassen County
SAN FRANCISCO, June 22, 2016 — New evidence released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife suggests there may be a wolf in Lassen County. The information — not yet conclusive — includes photos from four trail cameras between August and May and a hair sample from one of the sites. While DNA test results were inconclusive as to whether the animal is a wolf, dog or wolf-dog hybrid, the fact the animal persisted through the winter in this remote location leads agency officials to beli...
Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:23PM
Lawsuit Initiated Over Politically Motivated Decision Denying Protection to Pacific Fisher
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 13, 2016 — Four conservation groups filed a notice of intent today to challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision in April to deny Endangered Species Act protection to Pacific fishers, the latest species to fall victim to the Service’s efforts to cater to industry. Closely related to martens and wolverines, Pacific fishers are severely threatened by a number of factors, including habitat loss caused by logging and the use of toxic rodenticides on illegal m...
Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2016 4:13PM
Lawsuit Launched Over Forest Service's Failure to Protect Rare Frogs, Toads From Grazing
OAKLAND, Calif., June 8, 2016 — The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service for authorizing livestock grazing on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest without considering the potential impacts to federally protected Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs and Yosemite toads. Photo: Yosemite toad, by Lucas Wilkinson, U.S. Forest Service....
Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2016 4:28PM