Status in Egypt
Uncommon, declining but still widespread. Significant numbers are probably caught by commercial fishing vessels, whence they reach fish markets in Egyptian coastal cities. Loss of nesting beaches is an important problem particularly in North Sinai. However, Kasparek (1993) described the breeding population on the western Mediterranean coast of Egypt as "negligible." The same term can be applied to the small North Sinai population. Thus, the major conservation issue facing this and other marine turtles in Egypt is the threat by commercial marine fisheries.
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