Sea turtles
Marine turtles are long-lived, late-maturing and highly migratory. Only about one in 5,000 hatchlings live to adulthood. Four of six sea turtle species are now listed as endangered and the other two are classified as vulnerable. Coastal development and human exploitation contributes to loss of habitat and nesting sites. Illegal international trade seriously threatens wild populations of many marine turtle species, particularly the hawksbill turtle. Floating debris and water pollution also contribute to mortality, as does international commercial fishing and inadvertent capture. Sea turtles face growing pressure from strong demand for its meat and shells. Poaching and egg harvesting are further pushing this slow-growing reptile rapidly to extinction. Because marine turtles are flagship species for the ecosystems in which they live, sustaining healthy populations of marine turtles provides benefits to many other species of wildlife, including many that are either threatened or endangered.

Pending Legislation:
H.R.335 - Multinational Species Conservation Funds Reauthorization Act of 2015

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