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STRP's Response to the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

Our staff has been working nonstop to aid the turtles in the Gulf since the tragic BP oil spill disaster began. 

The Sea Turtle Restoration Project's actions and accomplishments include:

  • STRP filed a lawsuit and negotiated with Unified Command, BP and others involved to end the burning of turtles alive in burn box operations
  • STRP organized scientific input into the protocol for burn operations to prevent burning sea turtles and other wildlife
  • STRP worked with the scientific community to propose 3 separate turtle rescue operations (still under consideration by the federal government, which is acting far too slowly on this issue)
  • STRP sent Dr. Chris Pincetich and Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, both PhD biologists trained in Hazardous Materials techniques, to provide additional human-power, as well as resources for getting more vessels on the water to rescue turtles. They were originally approved to participate in on-the-water sea turtle rescue by the federal government, but after their arrival Unified Command decided their volunteer protocol was incomplete, and now we are again awaiting approval
  • STRP began a coordinated approach to organize volunteers to get involved in hands-on rescue/cleanup when government approval issues are solved. Scores of people are ready to go and we have been organizing logistics on the ground in the Gulf  (you can sign up here).
  • STRP has conducted on-water and aerial surveillance
  • STRP has coordinated with media to highlight the plight of sea turtles from the spill
  • STRP has opened negotiations with Texas shrimpers to coordinate rescue activities
  • STRP has recruited high-level retired NMFS & USFWS professionals to help negotiate through red tape that is preventing greater cooperation and action for turtles
  • STRP has opened discussions between US & Mexico conservation groups to foster regional cooperation on the government and NGO levels

Thousands of members and supporters have generously contributed to help make these efforts possible. STRP will continue to work to accelerate much-needed actions to protect and rescue sea turtles.  Please join our Action Alert list and check this website regularly for more information:

If you can, please click here to make a contribution now to support the Sea Turtle Restoration Project's work to protect sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.  Thank you. 


Campaign Updates and Actions:


BP Gulf Oil Spill and Turtles
Sea Turtle Restoration Project worked nonstop to protect sea turtle in the Gulf of Mexico since the BP oil spill disaster began. Read the history here.

Voice your concern: Gas Leases Colliding with Turtle Habitat in TX

Criminal Charges Filed in BP Oil Disaster; But Two Years Later, Death of Gulf of Mexico Sea Turtles Continue
April 25th, 2012

Take Action to Safeguard Sea Turtles from Offshore Oil in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico

Fossil Fuel Taking a Deadly Toll on Gulf of Mexico Sea Turtles
January 19th, 2012

Florida Bottom Longline Fishery Guilty of Not Protecting Sea Turtles After BP Oil Spill

Lawsuit Launched to Protect Sea Turtles From Drowning in Shrimp Trawls
May 31st, 2011

Sea Turtles Protest at Chevron World Headquarters!
May 25th, 2011

Thousands Comment to Support Immediate Gulf Restoration for Sea Turtles
May 18th, 2011

STRP Shares Victories & Calls for Saving Leatherbacks from Oil Spills at CA Coast Guard Meeting
May 17th, 2011

U.S. Earns Failing Grades for BP Oil Spill Response and Repair in Gulf of Mexico
April 20th, 2011

Enviro Report Card Details Failures One Year After BP Oil Spill
April 20th, 2011

Sea Turtles Must Be Prioritized in Oil Spill Response, Rescue, and Restoration
by Chris Pincetich, Campaigner and Marine Biologist
April 20th, 2011

STRP Demands Drastic Improvements to 2012 Offshore Oil for Sea Turtles
March 31st, 2011

Sea Turtle Advocates Call for Beach Cleanup and Nesting Corrals at Oil Spill Restoration Hearing in Galveston
March 31st, 2011

Documentary DVD Available for BP Oil Spill One-Year Anniversary
March 24th, 2011

Coast Guard Considers Rule Changes Almost One Year After BP Oil Spill
March 21st, 2011

Sea Turtles Need Sanctuary from Oil and Gas Drilling
February 15th, 2011

Oil and Sea Turtles Don't Mix

The BP Oil Spill Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

Tell Congress and Obama to Overhaul Offshore Oil Regulations to Protect Endangered Sea Turtles

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Phone: +1 415 663 8590 • Fax: +1 415 663 9534 • info@seaturtles.org
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