Green sea turtle

green sea turtle

Breeding populations of green sea turtles in Florida and on the Pacific coast of Mexico are endangered with extinction, while all other populations are threatened. Globally, green sea turtles have declined by at least 37 percent and possibly over 70 percent during the last 140 years.

The principal cause of global decline for green sea turtles has been the direct poaching of eggs and the capture of nesting females and sea turtles foraging in coastal waters for human consumption. Fishing gear, particularly traps, trawls and gillnets, also poses a threat to green sea turtles.