Chelonian Conservation and Biology

Status of the Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the Caribbean Region

The status and trends of hawksbill populations are reviewed for 35 countries and territories in the Caribbean region. Annual nesting data for many years are presented for four regularly monitored beaches. Hawksbill populations are reported to be declining or depleted in 22 of the 26 geopolitical units for which some status and trend information is available. An order-of- magnitude estimate for the number of females nesting annually in the region is 5000. The only populations considered to be increasing in size are those of Mexico and Mona Island, Puerto Rico. Historical population declines are described for the region.

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Scientific article
Research and monitoring