12 Green Sea Turtles (𝘊𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘢 𝘮𝘺𝘥𝘢𝘴) and one Hawksbill Turtle (𝘌𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘮𝘰𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘺𝘴 𝘪𝘮𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘢) were retrieved on March 1, 2021 by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) with the help of City ENRO, DENR – CENRO and DENR – PENRO at Barangay Mangingisda, Puerto Princesa City.
On the night of February 27, 2021, the PCSDS enforcement group received a report that 13 sea turtles were trapped inside a fish corral located nearby Matahum beach resort in Brgy. Mangingisda, Puerto Princesa City.
The composite team immediately responded to the reported incident to rescue the 13 Sea Turtles that were trapped inside the said fish corral. Selected divers from the said team cut the net of the fish corral, which measures approximately 15 meters deep, from top to bottom, to create a large opening. The divers swam around the bottom of the corral and managed to set free the sea turtles through the gap made in the net of the fish corral.
Upon examination, the team was able to identify and categorize the sea turtles by size and age. It was found out that the rescued sea turtles consist of one Hawksbill turtle, four juvenile Green Sea turtles, four sub-adult Green Sea turtles and four adult Green Sea turtles. The team also noticed that several of the adult Green sea turtles suffered stress due to starvation after being trapped there for days.
The Green Sea Turtles and Hawksbill Turtle are listed as “Critically Endangered” species under PCSD Resolution No. 15-521. If you happen to find any wildlife creature within your vicinity, please report it immediately to our office thru hotline numbers 0935-116-2336 (Globe/TM) and 0948-937-2200 (Smart/TNT). You may also send a message to our Facebook page for your concerns.