NATIONAL MUSEUM EXHUMES CARCASS OF PAWIKAN FOUND IN BULA, CAMARINES SUR

NATIONAL MUSEUM EXHUMES CARCASS OF PAWIKAN FOUND IN BULA, CAMARINES SUR

The National Museum of the Philippines exhumed the carcass of the leatherback sea turtle, which was found at Barangay Caorasan, Bula, Camarines Sur last July 28, 2019. The National Museum coordinated with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol through Regional Executive Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Camarines Sur led by PENR Officer Grace L. Cariño, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Iriga headed by CENR Officer Nestor Franz A. Fortuno and the Local Government Unit of Bula, Camarines Sur.

The National Museum Team headed by its Acting Deputy Director General for Administration Mr. Angel P. Bautista conducted the exhumation of the pawikan for scientific and exhibition purposes. Taxidermy will be done on the pawikan’s body through mounting or stuffing, for the purpose of display or study. The National Museum said that it is the trust of both the DENR and the National Museum to be instrumental in bringing to the general public ecosystem significance and conservation. Moreover, the pawikan will be an important addition to the National Museum of Natural History’s Zoological Reference Collections for further research.

The male pawikan, which measured 138 centimeters in length and weighed 200 kilograms was found by a fisherman already dead with both fore flippers entangled with rope.

The DENR through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) continuously calls on the public to report such incidents and turnover any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release the same to their natural habitat. Unceasing information, education and communication (IEC) campaign is being undertaken by the DENR to increase the awareness of the general public on marine species conservation, especially those in the coastal communities.

The DENR is taking actions to strengthen the enforcement of Republic Act 9147 or the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act” in support to Secretary Roy Cimatu’s marching order to enforce biodiversity conservation.

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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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