An­other en­dan­gered sea tur­tle res­cued

Sun Star Bacolod - - Front Page - BY ER­WIN P. NICAVERA

AN­OTHER Hawks­bill sea tur­tle, an en­dan­gered species, was res­cued by a fish­er­man in the waters of Barangay Bagum­bayan in Val­ladolid town early morn­ing Mon­day.

Emma Flore­sarandilla, fo­cal per­son for solid waste man­age­ment of the Mu­nic­i­pal En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (Menro), said the sea tur­tle was trapped in the fish­ing net of a mo­tor­ized banca.

Flores-arandilla said fish­er­man Jerry Tuvilla then turned over the an­i­mal to Barangay Ka­gawad Euse­bio Samodio.

“He (Samodio) im­me­di­ately co­or­di­nated with the Menro,” she said, adding that the sea tur­tle was re­leased back to the sea af­ter the tag­ging con­ducted by the Com­mu­nity En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Of­fice (Cenro) - Bago.

Au­thor­i­ties have not found in­juries on the an­i­mal, which is about a year old.

It weighs one and a half kilo­gram with a width of 34 cen­time­ters and length of 42 cen­time­ters.

On Au­gust 15, fish­er­man Melvin Trayco also res­cued a Hawks­bill sea tur­tle trapped in his fish­ing net at Barangay Cen­tral Tabao in the said south­ern Ne­gros Occidental lo­cal­ity.

The fish­er­man turned over the tur­tle to the Cenro for cus­tody. It has no in­juries.

The sea tur­tle, which is 25 cen­time­ters wide and 38 cen­time­ters long, was also re­leased back to sea.

On July 31, a fe­male Olive Ri­d­ley sea tur­tle lo­cally known as “pawikan” was ac­ci­den­tally trapped in the fish­ing net of two fish­er­men still at Barangay Cen­tral Tabao.

The fish­er­men brought the “pawikan” at the coast­line, then re­ported to au­thor­i­ties the in­ci­dent.

The sea tur­tle has a length of three feet and width of 28 inches. It weighs about 65 kilo­grams.

Menro per­son­nel along with those of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice and Ban­tay Da­gat in­spected the an­i­mal.

No in­juries were found, Flores-arandilla said, adding that the sea tur­tle was then re­leased back to the sea.

Flores-arandilla said that sea an­i­mals like tur­tles, whale sharks and Riz­zos dol­phins nor­mally “ap­pear” dur­ing the pe­riod from July to De­cem­ber.

Thus, Menro is in­ten­si­fy­ing its in­for­ma­tion and ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign on proper han­dling and res­cu­ing of th­ese an­i­mals dur­ing th­ese times, Flores-arandilla.

In fact, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment along with the barangays will con­duct a cleanup ac­tiv­ity among coastal com­mu­ni­ties on Au­gust 22.

“This is to pre­vent stranded sea an­i­mals from be­ing tan­gled by fish­ing nets and other garbage, and erad­i­cate plas­tics that can poison them,” she added.*

MARK CABRILLOS PHOTO

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