CARCASS OF PAWIKAN FOUND IN BULA, CAMARINES SUR

CARCASS OF PAWIKAN FOUND IN BULA, CAMARINES SUR

A Leatherback Turtle, locally known as Pawikan, was found dead along the shores of Barangay Caorasan, Bula, Camarines Sur on July 28, 2019.

Henry Bismonte, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO) of Bula, Camarines Sur, informed the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Iriga headed by OIC, CENR Officer Nestor Franz A. Fortuno of the incident to which the office responded.

An examination on the Pawikan and investigation among the residents within the area were then conducted by Ecosystems Management Specialist (EMS) II Werson B. Amante and EMS I Norielet M. Reciproco.

According to the CENRO Iriga staff, the male Pawikan, which measured 138 centimeters in length and weighed 200 kilograms, was found by a certain fisherman named Tirso B. Renegado already dead and entangled with rope. The cause of death could have been drowning as the Pawikan failed to resurface for oxygen. It was also believed that there was an attempt to catch the marine turtle but since it weighed heavily, the catchers might have backed off.

The carcass of the pawikan was then buried 200 meters off the shoreline of the said barangay.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V continuously calls on the public to report such incidents and turnover any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release to their natural habitat. Continuous information, education and communication (IEC) campaign is being undertaken by the DENR, which have caused increasing numbers of public turnovers to the office.*JNL###

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GREEN SEA TURTLE RELEASED IN VIRAC, CATANDUANES

A green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), locally known as Pawikan, was released by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Catanduanes together with the Provincial Government of Catanduanes to the shores of Barangay Capilihan, Virac, Catanduanes on August 5, 2019.

The Pawikan which measured approximately 51 centimeters (cm.) long and 47 cm. wide was found in Barangay Antipolo, Bagamanoc by Richard Cabrera, a fisherman in the said barangay, and turned-over to the office for its inspection and release.

Moreover, this is the ninth recorded release of marine turtle this year in the province of Catanduanes.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V continuously calls on the public to report such incidents and turnover any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release them to their natural habitat. Continuous information, education and communication (IEC) campaign is being undertaken by the DENR, which have caused increasing numbers of public turn overs to the office.*JNLoria###

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