It is very difficult to classify how endangered hawksbill turtles are because they are found throughout the world and are migratory. In some places, they may be very scarce, and in others they may thrive. Also, since there is little knowledge of their early population levels, it is very hard to know how much the populations have declined.
Currently (throughout the world), it is illegal to trade hawksbill turtle products. This should create the expansion of the turtles because their major predator, humans, will no longer be able to hunt them. In order to succeed in keeping hawksbill turtles in existence, there must be cooperation among all nations that have hawksbill populations in their waters. Free exchange of information on the turtles is needed to ensure that all nations are aware of the best and most efficient ways of keeping hawksbill turtles in existence.
US Federal List: endangered
CITES: appendix i
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: critically endangered