All species are exploited by humans for their meat or their eggs. At one time nearly 124,000 of these turtles nested on a single beach during a six-week season. However, an estimated 33 million eggs were once harvested annually from just three beaches, and an average of over 6,000 adult females were slaughtered annually from a single beach. Because of this harvesting intensity, all species have been reduced in numbers, four to the point of being listed at Vulnerable to extinction on the IUCN Red List, and two more considered Endangered. Efforts are being made to protect the remaining colonial nesting beaches.
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