Hawksbill turtle

Endangered species

About the Hawksbill turtle

The hawksbill turtle or Eretmochelys imbricata lives in the coastal plains of NC. The turtle is endangered because of habitat loss, harvest of their eggs and meat, accidently being caught in fishing gear,etc. The Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) forbids the trade of any turtle products on the international market, including the “tortoise shell” from hawksbill turtles. Many state laws and the ESA are also powerful legislative tools for protecting hawksbills. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/education/kids_times_turtle_hawksbill.pdf