A Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) was rescued and turnedover by Mrs. Salvacion dela Cruz, a resident of Barangay Suchan, Bagamanoc, Catanduanes to the Conservation and Development Section of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) Catanduanes headed by PENR Officer Imelda D. Baltazar.
Based on the investigation conducted by the Technical Team, the Hawksbill Turtle was captured entangled in the fishing net of her son Ryan dela Cruz. Upon assessment, the turtle has 32 centimeters in length and 27 centimeters in width. The Turtle, however, was not tagged because it did not reach the prescribed measurement for tagging. On the other hand, being in good condition, it was consequently released on the same day.
Hawksbill Turtles are categorized as critically endangered species under DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09. Likewise, all wildlife in the Philippines are strictly protected under Republic Act 9147 otherwise known as the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act".
DENR Bicol OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag is continuously appealing to the public to report any encounter with wildlife species that may be at risk of illegal captivity or stranding.