The Hawksbill sea turtle roams the seas with its iconic multi-coloured shell. The population has declined 80% in the past 100 years.
Recent and historical tortoiseshell trade statistics are key to understanding the enormous and enduring effect that trade has had on Hawksbill populations around the world. Within the last 100 years, millions of Hawksbills have been killed for the tortoiseshell markets of Europe, the United States and Asia. Also the collection of eggs and slaughter for meat declines the population.Their natural foraging habitat, coral reefs, are among the world’s most endangered marine ecosystems.