Hawksbill Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata © Simon Buxton / WWF

Illegal trade in marine turtlespersisting in Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam

Hawksbill Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata © Simon Buxton / WWF


Published 19 November 2019

New study finds illegal trade in marine turtles persisting in Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam

Geneva/Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 19th November 2019—A newly released study  carried out by TRAFFIC and commissioned by the CITES Secretariat documents thousands of marine turtles and their parts found in seizures, in both physical and online markets in Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam.

A Rapid Assessment on the Trade in Marine Turtles in Indonesia, Malaysia and Viet Nam

Report author(s):
Lalita Gomez & Kanitha Krishnasamy

Publication date:
November 2019


1. An earlier version of this study was one of several regional studies of its kind that informed a global report on the status, scope and trends of the legal and illegal international trade in marine turtles, that was requested by governments at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17, Johannesburg, 2016) and presented at its 18th meeting (CoP18, Geneva, 2019). The current version of the study was updated by TRAFFIC on the basis of new seizure data from September 2018 to July 2019.


CITES, the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, is an international agreement between governments that aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Find out more here.


TRAFFIC is a leading non-governmental organisation working to ensure that trade in wild species is legal and sustainable, for the benefit of the planet and people.