All seven marine turtle species are currently listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The direct take of turtles has continued legally in many regions and countries, often for traditional coastal communities to support themselves or small-scale fisheries supplying local markets with meat, and sometimes shell.
ScienceDaily reported on a study that found 42 countries or territories allow the harvest of marine turtles. Over 42,000 turtles are caught each year by these fisheries. The study found