Nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as Endangered.
Slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, sea turtles suffer from poaching and over-exploitation.
They also face habitat destruction and accidental capture in fishing gear.
Climate change has an impact on turtle nesting sites.
When did sea turtles become endangered?
Mainly overharvesting of sea turtles for meat, eggs, leather, and tortoise shells up until the 1970s caused turtle populations to crash. All species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered and protected through Florida Statues, Chapter 370, and by the United States Endangered Species Act of 1973.
What is killing the sea turtles?
Marine Debris – Ingestion & Entanglement
Over 1 million marine animals (including mammals, fish, sharks, turtles, and birds) are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean. If sea turtles ingest these particles, they can become sick or even starve.
How many sea turtles are left in the world?
The olive ridley is the most abundant sea turtle in the world. Each year, there are probably about 500,000 to 600,000 females nesting in arribadas (mass nesting sites) in Costa Rica, 450,000 in Mexico and about 135,000 in India; with a total female population of about 2 million turtles.
What is the biggest threat to sea turtles?
Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are classified as threatened or endangered due to human actions and lifestyles. The biggest threats include: Entanglement in fishing gear. Consumption and illegal trade of eggs, meat, and shells.