In contrast to Conservation Status, which refers to a species’ extinction risk as defined by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Animals, legal status is designated by national law (which differs from one country to the next) and by international treaty. For reviews of national legislation, see Fleming (2001), Chacón (2002), Reichart et al. (2003), Godley et al. (2004), and Bräutigam and Eckert (2006). You can access these documents from our page on Caribbean Legislation. For a summary of the legal status of sea turtles under various international treaties, please click on the species of interest.
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