Shell Shocked: Japan's Role In The Illegal Tortoiseshell Trade

Japan Customs seizure records revealed that an estimated total of 564 kg of hawksbill tortoiseshell were seized in 71 illegal importation incidents between 2000 and 2019, representing some 530 Hawksbill Turtles. Just over half (289 kg) was seized in 2015–2019 alone. The major source region appears to have possibly shifted from Southeast Asia to the Caribbean in recent years. The primary method of transport throughout the period was international mail, accounting for 93% of all incidents.
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