DISCUSSION PAPER: Illegal trade in marine turtles and their products from the Coral Triangle region
These activities are driven by market demand within and external to the Coral Triangle and are exacerbated by irregular (non-standard) laws between countries and within countries. Where laws do exist often there is a lack of enforcement and limited communications between government enforcement agencies. Aside from local consumption and commercial sale of meat, eggs and tortoiseshell products, the demand and illegal trade of marine turtle shell (and other derivative parts) is being driven by market destinations including Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and Korea.
This discussion paper provides recommendations to address this issue on national and regional levels.