Marine Turtle Conservation Program CY 2012

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•  Identification/Assessment of Nesting Sites

Three (3) sites within the region were identified and assessed for the establishment of marine turtle nursery. These sites are located in Brgy. Sanpiro, Balayan, Batangas, Brgy. Bucana Malaki, Naic, Cavite and Brgy. San Roque, Sariaya, Quezon. Along the shorelines of these areas, numerous marine turtle sightings have been recordedand were considered in its identification for the establishment of marine turtle nursery. 

•  Mobilization of the Community

Communities of Brgy. Sanpiro, Balayan, Batangas, Brgy. Bucana Malaki, Naic, Cavite and Brgy. San Roque, Sariaya, Quezon were mobilized thru the conduct of training-orientation. During this activity, lectures on marine turtle protection and conservation were provided to the concerned barangay residents and LGUs. It was in this activity that support from the communities, LGUs and other stakeholders were obtained for the establishment of marine turtle nursery and its protection and management as well.

•  Establishment and Protection of Community Marine Turtle Nurseries

The support of LGU and Cavite State University in marine turtle conservation program was strengthened thru a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). An additional 35-square meter marine turtle nursery was established in Brgy. Labac, Naic, Cavite, the previous year’s marine turtle nursery.

With the assistance of LGU Balayan, MFARMC and Bantay Dagat, CENRO, Calaca established their marine turtle nursery in Brgy. Sanpiro, Balayan, Batangas. However, the MOA for its protection and management is still on process.

•  Monitoring and Tagging of Marine Turtles

During the year, a total of 1,145 marine turtles were successfully tagged and/or released back to the sea, wherein 1,070 were hatchlings. Most rescued marine turtles reported were caught or trapped in fishnets or “baklad.” Majority of marine turtle species released were Olive Ridley Turtles.

In the province of Batangas, three (3) Green Sea Turtles were reported by CENRO, Batangas City while 34, comprised of two (2) Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas), 29 Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivaceae), two (2) Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) and one (1) Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta), were reported by CENRO, Calaca.

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 On the other hand, the province of Cavite, reported the release of seven (7) Olive Ridley Turtles, two (2) Green Sea Turtles and 849 Olive Ridley Turtle hatchlings.

 Two hundred fifty (250) marine turtles, comprised of Green Sea Turtles, Olive Ridley Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles were recorded in the province of Quezon. Out of the 250, 123 were Olive Ridley hatchlings, while the remaining 98 were Hawksbill turtle hatchlings, respectively.

On September 2012, CENRO, Pagbilao reported the killing/slaughtering of a Hawksbill turtle in Brgy. Lipata, Padre Burgos, Quezon. Further investigation is currently being undertaken by the said Office in order to determine the person/s involved in said incident and if warranted, to file a case against the violators.

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