December 2007 at the urging of TIRN's GotMercury.Org program
the USDA dropped canned albacore tuna from its Women, Infants and
Children (WIC) food program and revised its food packages to reflect
growing concern about mercury contamination. Particularly vulnerable to
the potent neurotoxin, WIC's 8 million low-income mothers and children
will no longer receive mercury-contaminated canned albacore tuna as
part of their nutrition supplements.
Responding to a petition filed by STRP/TIRN and Center for Biological
Diversity (CBD), the U.S. government announced it is considering
listing loggerhead sea turtles found off the U.S. West Coast as
endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.
October 2007 Costa
Rica President Arias Signs legislation to expropriate park in-Holdings
to protect critically endangered leatherback nesting beach after
pressure from STRP and its sister organization, PRETOMA and others.
October 2007 Lawsuit filed by TIRN and
CBD seeks better management of marine mammals threatened by global
warming in response to Interior Department's failure to prepare stock
assessments for polar bears, walruses, sea otters, and manatees -in
violationg of Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Petition seeking critical habitat designation off California and Oregon
Coast for endangered Leatherback sea turtles filed by TIRN and a
coalition of environmental organizations.
August 2007 STRP released a report titled Boiling Point: The Impact of Climate Change on Sea Turtles and the Urgent Need to Take Action, which compiles emerging research on the impacts of temperature change and sea level rises and their impacts on sea turtles.
June 2007 More
nests on the Texas coast than ever recorded! The Kemp's ridley sea
turtle, almost extinct in the 80s, is slowly recovering from years of
poaching in Mexico prior to 1978 and drowning in shrimp trawls in US
waters before the Turtle Excluder Device was required by federal law.
December 2006 Atlantic White Marlin swim toward endangered species listing as as
National Marine Fisheries Service announces status review for billfish
threatened by longline fishing pursuant to a court-approved settlement
agreement resolving a lawsuit filed by TIRN and CBD.
TIRN, working with other environmental groups successfully fought off a
Bush Administration proposal to allow drift-gillnet fishing into
protected areas off the Northern California and Southern Oregon coasts
in 2006. November 15, 2006 marked the end of a proposed three-month
fishing season that would have allowed drift-gillnet fishing vessels to
set their deadly gear in the Pacific Leatherback Conservation Area, a
marine protected area stretching from Point Sur, California to central
Oregon in which drift-gillnet gear is seasonally banned to protected
the critically endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtle.
August 2006 GotMercury.org release report on toxic mercury in tuna served in Chicago sushi restaurants.
TIRN and PRETOMA successfully work to create new wildlife refuge for
leatherback and olive ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica. The refuge
includes a 19,846 hectare Marine Protected Area.
The Sea Turtle Restoration Project presented a plan of action to the
United Nations regarding the protection and restoration of the
leatherback sea turtle against longline fishing. Over 1,000 scientists
from nearly 100 countries and over 280 NGOs joined in a call for a
moratorium on high seas industrial longline fishing to prevent that
International Sea Turtle Swimway Proposed in Gulf of Mexico as top
world sea turtle experts call for action for the Kemp's ridley sea
turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. A resolution passed in Crete at the 26th
Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation that recommends
that all relevant governmental agencies work to create a migration and
nesting season no commercial fishing zone (marine reserve) in the state
waters adjoining North and South Padre Islands, Texas, and a year round
no-commercial fishing zone from the Mexican border south to Tampico,
creating an international protected Kemp's Ridley Swimway from Corpus
Christi, Texas, south to Tampico, Mexico.