The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Guinobatan headed by CENR Officer Narisol C. Divina has released ninety five (95) hatchlings of Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in the waters of Sitio Imacoto, Cagmanaba, Oas, Albay at around 8:00 in the morning on September 4, 2019.
Present to release the hatchlings were the Conservation and Development Section (CDS) Team of CENRO Guinobatan, Oas OIC-Municipal ENRO Forester Avonne A. Rempillo, Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (MFARMC) President Rommel R. Divinaflor, Barangay Captain July Prianes and Council, and the members of Oas Bantay Kalikasan.
CENR Officer Divina said that the DENR is appealing to the public to be their partner in protecting marine turtles as part of the continuous information drive of the Office to save marine life.
“The DENR needs the concern and support of the community and stakeholders on the protection of our marine biodiversity to scale up the Pawikan conservation program of the Department,” she said.
The coastal waters of Sitio Imacoto, Oas is part of the Ticao Burias Pass Protected Seascape (TBPPS), a marine protected area with very rich marine biodiversity, which offers a suitable nesting habitat for sea turtles.###