Critical Habitat Conservation/Marine Turtle Conservation CY 2011

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Identification/Assessment of Nesting Sites

Five (5) nesting sites for marine turtles or pawikan were identified and assessed in the provinces of Batangas, Cavite and Quezon.. They are:

• Batangas 1. Sta Clara, Batangas City 2. Brgy Nonong Casto, Lemery Batangas

• Cavite 3. Brgy Labac, Naic, Cavite

• Quezon 4. Sto Niño Beach Resort, Brgy Talao-talao, Lucena City 5. So. Tampos, Brgy Cawayan, San Francisco, Quezon

 

Assessment of the aforementioned marine turtle nesting sites were based on the records of captured and released marine turtles as well as marine turtle eggs laid and hatched. Part of the assessment is the identification and analysis of the vegetative cover that comprise the identified marine turtle nesting sites.

 Mobilization of the Community

In order to achieve participation and support of the community on marine turtle conservation and protection, on-site trainings-orientations were conducted by field offices in the areas identified as marine turtle nesting sites. Topics discussed were marine turtle conservation, marine turtle biology, ecology, habitat, life cycle and conservation status. Also included in the orientation is the establishment and operation of marine turtle hatchery/nursery. Participants consist of concerned barangay officials and residents, and other agencies that support marine turtle conservation and protection program. Proper handling of marine turtle eggs were also discussed/illustrated during the community orientation/mobilization.

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 Establishment and Operation of Community Marine Turtle Nurseries

Three (3) marine turtle nurseries/hatcheries were established which are located at: 1)Brgy. Nonong Casto, Lemery, Batangas, 2) Brgy. Sta. Clara, Batangas City and 3) Brgy Labac, Naic, Cavite. These were in coordination with the concerned Barangay Officials and residents. The operation and maintenance of the nursery/hatchery established in Brgy. Sta. Clara, Batangas City was covered with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the DENR and the Barangay Captain.

 Monitoring and Tagging of Marine Turtles

During the year total of 1,286 marine turtles of different species have been released in the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, and Quezon. Out of those 1,037 only sixteen (16) were tagged before releasing. Out of those released, 1,015 of them were hatchlings of olive ridley , hawksbill and loggerhead species. See Annex III-22 for details on the releasing and tagging of marine turtles per site. Moreover, a dead olive ridley was found floating along the shoreline of Brgy Labac, Naic which was then brought to Cavite State University- Naic. It was stuffed and presser ved for public viewing for educational purposes. 112912 2