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Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) searching a coral reef for its favourite food: sponges. Fiji
In 1998, in recognition of the “Year of the Turtle”, the Fiji Government, in consultation with the University of the South Pacific and other non-government organisations such as WWF, developed “The Fiji Sea Turtle Conservation Strategy. Hawksbill turtles (taku) are commonly observed on coral reefs where they feed on sponges, seagrass, ascidians and soft corals. A thousand Hawksbills are thought to nest in the Pacific Ocean, which includes a Fiji breeding population of approximately 120-150. The estimated numbers of adult Hawksbill turtles for Fiji is estimated at 2-3,000. The main threats to Fiji’s sea turtle populations are from traditional harvesting of adults for ceremonial purposes, subsistence and commercial harvesting of adults, their eggs and shell, and mortality in commercial fishing nets.