A Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) was released by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Albay along with the Legazpi City Police, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), and Punong Barangay Teresita Emping off the waters of Barangay Baybay, Legazpi City on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
The sea turtle, which measures approximately thirteen (13) inches in length and twelve (12) inches in width, was accidentally caught by the fishing net of Mr. Jaime Bobis noon time of January 18, 2020 in the said coastal village.
The trapped marine turtle was then reported to Punong Barangay (PB), who subsequently called the proper authorities for assistance. PENRO Albay Technical Services Division (TSD) Chief Engr. Jerry R. Arena and Project Support Staff Rodel B. Blacer immediately responded and documented the Hawksbill Turtle before it was released.
Since marine turtles are protected under the Philippine law and catching them is punishable by imprisonment, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V continuously calls on the public to turn over any wildlife to the authorities who can release them to their natural habitat. Intensive and continuous community education and public awareness campaigns are undertaken by the agency which have resulted to a higher number of public turn overs to the Office. *JMAP/Photo Courtesy RBBlacer