Sea Turtles of Okinawa

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What is CITES and how does it affect sea turtles and other animals?

By jhjanicki on Friday,September 30th, 2016 in Awareness, Conservation, Research, Wildlife Trade, No Comments

Sea turtles were first included in CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in 1975. At that time, hundreds of thousands of sea turtles were killed every year for international trade. There are three appendices in CITES for which various threatened species are listed and their international trade […]

Illegal turtle trade: first steps to monitoring illegal sea turtle parts

By jhjanicki on Thursday,July 28th, 2016 in Conservation, Wildlife Trade, No Comments

The illegal wildlife trade, which is estimated to be worth USD7-23 billion a year (TRAFFIC), has now reached significant global proportions and is an increasing threat to biodiversity. Sea turtles are some of the many species affected by this trade, anywhere from turtle eggs, meat, shells or whole turtles are known to be harvested. Reasons […]