Eighty-four (84) Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchlings were released along the shoreline of Brgy. Natipuan, Nasugbu Batangas last February 17, 2022.
Per IUCN Red List of Threatened species, Olive Ridley Sea Turtle was classified as Vulnerable species. The said turtles face threats due to catch in fishing gear, direct killing, harvesting of eggs, degradation and loss of foraging and nesting habitat, entanglement, ingestion of marine debris, disease, and vessel strikes.
The said activity was led by Brgy. Chairman Emerito Herrera together with Brgy. Councilor Edgardo Herrera with the technical assistance from DENR CENRO Calaca. Barangay LGU of Natipuan was known for their efforts and advocacies in the conservation of Marine Biodiversity. Their efforts were acknowledged by the Municipality of Nasugbu, for being very active and vigilant in various conservation and protection activities such as; monitoring of identified nesting sites of marine turtles, monitoring of the possible occurrence of illegal transport of forest products and wildlife, and other environmental related issues in the barangay.
The release was participated by the residents of the barangay and some tourists from adjacent beach resorts. The proper way of releasing sea turtle hatchlings was observed and executed. The said hatchlings were released at around 6’ clock in the afternoon to protect them from possible predators. Also noted and very much appreciated are the participation of children during the event. This kind of activity is a way to instill in their young minds the conservation initiatives of the community and DENR office in the protection and conservation of marine biodiversity.