The main threat to the survival of this bird species is the loss of breeding grounds. There have been attempts to reclaim some of the land needed by these birds in South Korea and China. In Burma, it was found that bird trappers were the main reason behind the decline in the sandpiper numbers.
Like other long-distance migratory birds, spoon-billed sandpipers need intertidal habitats to help in their migration. To help with this, parts of the Yellow Sea areas are being reclaimed for the birds. It is not only for the sandpiper but also for other migratory birds that we must ensure their natural habitats remain undisturbed.