What's happening to our turtles?@

The problems turtles face


Sea turtles on the decline

It isn't just Japanese Loggerheads that are declining. Decreases in sea turtle numbers are being reported throughout the world. For example, there used to be a Leatherback Turtle breeding ground at Terengganu in the Malay Peninsula. In the 1970s, as many as 2,000 turtle nests were recorded there... and in 1999, only two. Not only that, but Green Turtles in the Ogasawara Islands, Hawksbills in Indonesia, and Olive Ridley Turtles in Mexico and India are all disappearing. Sea turtles are on the verge of extinction throughout the world.

Although images of turtles draw attention to our activities, it isn't only turtles we are trying to protect. In the course of our activities with turtles, we have encountered numerous other problems.