NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded Global Status Rank: G3 - Vulnerable
Reasons: Widely distributed in tropical and subtropical seas, but due to heavy exploitation much less abundant than in the past, and likely still declining; at least 20,000 females nest each year; nesting locations have been reduced due to beach development and disturbance.
Intrinsic Vulnerability: Highly vulnerable
Environmental Specificity: Very narrow to narrow.
Other Considerations: Listed as Endangered by US, CITES Appendix I. Dispersed nesting has prevented (1) adequate assessment of abundance and (2) protection through the establishment of nesting preserves.
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