WWF kickstarts ShellBank - a global genetic database to trace and protect sea turtles from poaching and the illegal trade

On World Sea Turtle Day, WWF calls on governments, research institutions, NGOs and individuals to help protect critically endangered hawksbill turtles by building ShellBank.

16 June 2022 – Building off the success of a ground-breaking pilot in Australia called ‘Surrender Your Shell’, where over 300 tortoiseshell products were donated to help trace the illegal trade, WWF’s ShellBank is gearing up for uptake across Asia Pacific and globally. 

Excerpted from a press release posted on WWF’s website.