Turtle Island Restoration Network is a leading advocate for the world's oceans and marine wildlife. Our work is based on science, fueled by people who care, and effective at catalyzing long-lasting positive change that protects marine species like green sea turtles, whale sharks, and coho salmon. By working with people and communities, we preserve and restore critical habitats, from the redwood forested creek banks of California to the full-of-marine-life waters of the Coco Islands. We accomplish our mission through grassroots empowerment, consumer action, strategic litigation, hands-on restoration, environmental education, and by promoting sustainable local, national, and international marine policies. The genesis of Turtle Island Restoration Network began when in 1987 young biologist and wildlife activist Todd Steiner traveled to Nicaragua to learn more about a cutting-edge sea turtle conservation program that sought to engage local coastal communities in long-term preservation efforts to save sea turtles.