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The Sea Turtle Restoration Project fights to protect endangered sea turtles in ways that make cultural and economic sense to the communities that share the beaches and waters with these gentle creatures. With offices in California, Texas, and Costa Rica, STRP has been leading the international fight to protect sea turtle populations worldwide. We are currently engaged in working nonstop to protect endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.
The goals of STRP are to:
- Protect and restore populations of endangered sea turtles to healthy conditions.
- Address the root causes of the sea turtle slaughter at both the policy and local level, especially related to fisheries.
- Address the needs of local economies by promoting the establishment of locally engineered sustainable development alternatives.
- Promote citizen participation in problem solving by developing educational campaigns that build links between activists in the affected countries and the US.
- Support emerging organizations in other countries in their call for international pressure to protect endangered sea turtles and our common marine resources.
STRP views the sea turtles' dilemma not only as a single-species environmental tragedy that needs immediate attention, but also as a vehicle for shifting the paradigm of how the human species views its relationship with the natural world.
The Sea Turtle Restoration Project, founded in 1989, is a project of Turtle Island Restoration Network, a nonprofit environmental organization incorporated in California. In order to achieve our goals, STRP uses a strategic combination of grassroots education and organizing, legal pressure, hands-on conservation, innovative use of the media, research, and policy advocacy.
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