Save The Sea Turtles International (STSTI) is a non-profit organization established in 1988 in response to the need for the preservation and conservation of sea turtles in Hawaii. STSTI historically helped educate the community, monitor local populations along Oahu’s north shore, and held beach cleanups on a regular basis to remove plastic, fishing line, and entanglement hazards from coastlines around Oahu. Honu are recognized as a notable conservation success story, and as their populations have begun to rebound the goals of the organization have grown to encompass various forms of marine life that are all connected and interdependent. STSTI is proud to partner with Water Inspired Conservation Group and One Ocean Conservation to support conservation efforts of other threatened marine life, and continue STSTI’s mission with monthly reef and beach cleanups on the island of Oahu.
Hawaiian green sea turtles (or “honu” in Hawaiian) are one of the most popularly encountered and widely beloved forms of marine life in Hawaiian waters. Their numbers were once depleted throughout the Hawaiian islands but are now steadily recovering thanks to conservation efforts and protection under the Endangered Species Act in 1978. Populations in other parts of the world are not so lucky and six of the seven species of sea turtle are listed as threatened or endangered.
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