The long history of people exploiting sea turtles laid the foundation for the decline in their numbers. Today, the primary threats to their survival include:
  • indirect fisheries impact, such as entanglement in fishing gear
  • direct harvesting by countries that still allow this practice
  • coastal development, for example, beach erosion and artificial lights
  • pollution and pathogens, including plastics and chemicals, and
  • global warming, which affects sea turtle habitat and nesting areas


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