Ocean Conservation

Contact: Audrey Fusco, Native Plant Nursery Manager, audrey@seaturtles.org  Students Help SPAWN Grow Narrowleaf Milkweed to Support Declining Monarch Populations To help the western monarch butterfly population bounce back from its sharply declining population, local fourth and fifth grade students at Glenwood Elementary are helping SPAWN grow narrowleaf milkweed...

Contact: Ayano Hayes, Watershed Biologist, ahayes@seaturtles.org  Lack of Rain Causes Competitive Coho Spawning Season Redd Count Remains Below Average and Federal Target Goal for Recovery The Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) has an update on the 2020-21 spawner season, where adult salmon return from the Pacific Ocean back...

Contact: Audrey Fusco, Native Plant Nursery Manager, audrey@seaturtles.org  Marin Academy Expands Yearly Redwood Tree Research Project Each year for the past several years SPAWN has partnered with 11th and 12th grade ecology students at Marin Academy to grow redwood seedlings. The ecology students typically study redwood forest ecology...

Contact: Ayano Hayes, Watershed Biologist, ahayes@seaturtles.org WATCH: Female Steelhead Digs a Redd in Arroyo Creek  During some of the brief storms the Central California Coast experienced this winter, SPAWN staff observed salmon making their way up through the newly restored area of Roy’s Riffles, indicating that fish were...

For Immediate Release, February 8, 2021 Contact: Annalisa Tuel, Advocacy & Policy Manager, atuel@seaturtles.org, 408-621-8113 Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to End Last Driftnet Fishery in United States Bill banning large mesh drift gillnets passed Congress last year, vetoed by Trump WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Dianne...

For Immediate Release, January 28, 2021 Contact:  Joanie Steinhaus, joanie@seaturtles.org, 512-417-7741 Cold Stunning Season Continues for Texas Turtles GALVESTON — As weather and water temperature continues to drop, many coastal communities are experiencing hundreds of sea turtles, some of them dead, washing ashore. This phenomenon, known as cold stunning,...

For Immediate Release, January 19, 2021 Contacts: Joanie Steinhaus, Turtle Island Restoration Network, joanie@seaturtles.org, 512-417-7741  Anna Farrell-Sherman, Environment Texas Research and Policy Center, afarrell-sherman@environmenttexas.org, 206-963-5083    Protections Expanded for Texas Gulf Corals and Manta Rays  AUSTIN—The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, the only known nursery in the world for manta...