Sea Turtles help maintain the health of the world’s oceans
For more than 100 million years, sea turtles have played a critical role in maintaining the health and balance of our marine habitats. They ensure productive coral reefs and transfer vital nutrients from the ocean to coastal dunes.
Throughout the last two centuries, harmful human activities have caused major disturbances in the ocean that have completely wiped sea turtles from some parts of the globe and pushed them to the brink of extinction.
Sea Turtles are fighting for survival
Rampant poaching and over-exploitation are the main threats to these ancient reptiles, and they are also frequent victims of bycatch. The increasingly unpredictable global climate also has a negative effect on the species, changing sand temperatures their hatchlings rely on.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has classified all seven species ranging from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered.
Rainforest Trust safeguards critical beach and sea habitat for threatened sea turtles in marine protected areas in Mozambique, Bangladesh, Côte d’Ivoire and Costa Rica.