Illegal Take and Trade of Marine Turtles in the IOSEA Region


Illegal take of marine turtles can assume various forms, from poaching of animals and eggs on nesting beaches to illegal take of animals at sea.   Typically, green and leatherback turtles are hunted for their meat; the hawksbill turtle is hunted for its carapace as the raw material for craftwork; while the eggs of loggerhead and olive ridley turtles are considered a delicacy.  Turtle meat consumption reportedly occurs in 75% of IOSEA Signatory States, while trade in shell products seems to be predominant in East Asian countries.  Whereas numerous investigations in this regard have been undertaken over the past decade in various SEA+ countries, no studies of comparable nature/scope in the other IOSEA sub-regions were found.

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Published Date2014
Publication LanguageEnglish
TypeTechnical Reports
CMS InstrumentIOSEA Marine Turtles