With the increase of worldwide conservation, the largest demand for turtle eggs is for their supposed aphrodisiac effects, just like rhino horns or bears livers are. The largest market is in the Asia countries. In Costa Rica, sea turtle eggs are also considered the ultimate aphrodisiac. Today, you'll find them in local bars, restaurants and markets that are off the beaten path, far from most tourist areas. And during the nesting season, roadside stands offer them by the bucket full for $2 per egg, which has also outraged Costa Ricans. The demand for black marketed turtle eggs has inflated local sales by 500%, if not more. The problem is not Costa Rica's culture and tradition, but the horny greed of the Asia market (like shark fins), the demand for turtle eggs can cost from $100-$300 USD per egg. And with Costa Rica now becoming the new hub for drug trafficking, it is easy to see how the smugglers have added turtle eggs to their list. The market can be profitable as drug smuggling, but nowhere close to the high risk.
The complete story is available at xzonenation.blogspot.com/2011/02/its-sea-turtle-extinction-in-costa-rica.html