I left the market empty handed, feeling disappointed about my finds. The Hawksbill sea turtle is currently listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is also protected by CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. CITES is an international agreement between countries aimed at protecting species from extinction as a result of trade. The Eastern Pacific Hawksbill in particular is thought to be the most endangered sea turtle population worldwide. The species was hunted almost to extinction for its ornately colored shell to make trinkets, jewelry, eyeglass frames, wall hangings and other crafts. The Hawksbill is also under threat from habitat degradation, incidental capture in fisheries, and poaching of eggs. The IUCN estimates that Hawksbills have declined by as much as 80% across their range.