Taking a Stand

We receive a lot of messages asking us to support various causes, usually marine related. I love it that people are concerned and want to do something to save animals and their environment.  As scuba divers and tourists, we are beginning to learn that our tourism dollars have clout – clout that we can use … Read more

California’s Deadliest Catch: The Secret Driftnet Fishery for Swordfish and Shark Off Our Coast

by Todd Steiner Executive Director, Turtle Island Restoration Network (www.SeaTurtles.org) Few Americans realize that a deadly driftnet fishery targeting swordfish and shark operates off the California coast with fatal consequences for ocean wildlife. Driftnets, which have been described as “curtains of death,” were banned on the high seas by the United Nations in the 1994.  … Read more

Scientists and Scuba Divers Working Together to Save Cocos Island’s Spectacular Marine Life

By Todd Steiner, Executive Director of Turtle Island Restoration Network Twice each year, for the past seven years, I have made the 20-hour trip by boat to Cocos Island, 350 miles from the Costa Rican mainland.  This journey is well-worth the effort – Jacques Cousteau described Cocos Island as the most beautiful island in the world, … Read more