The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Mobo, Masbate headed by CENR Officer Jean V. Imperial recently led the rescue and release of a stranded Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) in the fish cage of Mr. Arnel Verano, a fisherman at Sitio San Roque, Barangay Nursery, Masbate City.
After safeguarding the marine turtle, Mr. Verano immediately turned over the turtle to Engr. Rodolfo Ajero, Jr. from the Office of the City Agriculture of Masbate City.
In response, Engr. Ajero reported the matter to CENRO Mobo for technical assistance.
Upon assessment, the turtle was identified as a Green Sea Turtle having a physical dimension of 50 centimeters in length and 43 centimeters in width.
Wildlife Enforcement Officer (WEO) Ryan M. Moneño facilitated the tagging of the turtle with Metal Plate No. PH0357K on the right flipper.
It was consequently released on the seawaters of Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary through the CENRO Mobo personnel.
Based on DENR Administrative Order No. 2004-15, Green Sea Turtles are listed as Endangered (E) species. Likewise, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has repeatedly listed said wildlife in its Red List under differing criteria. In 1982, they officially classified it as endangered species.