A male Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) was recently rescued and turned over by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Magallanes through its Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Sorsogon headed by OIC, PENR Officer Herleo O. Pavericio at Barangay Aguada Norte, Magallanes, Sorsogon.
Upon assessment, the Hawksbill turtle was found to be seventy-seven (77) centimeters long and sixty-seven (67) centimeters wide. Being healthy and fit for release, it was consequently tagged and released at the waters of Barangay Viga, Magallanes, Sorsogon.
With the frequent stranding incidents involving sea turtles around the region, the DENR OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag appeals to the public to immediately report to the nearest DENR Office any incidents alike to help in the proper assessment, handling and release of sea turtles. The DENR is also reminding the communities to maintain the cleanliness of the environment, especially in the coastal areas to prevent plastics and other wastes to reach the seas, which causes death to various marine species.