Sea Turtles Rescued Released

Two green sea turtles locally known as "pawikan" were tagged and released by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and Bantay Dagat (sea patrollers) of Ivisan town last June 10 at Sapi-an Bay.

The recent release of the marine turtles back to their habitat makes the total number of rescued and released pawikans to 12 based on PENRO records from January to June 10 this year.

The 12 green sea turtles were all rescued by Ivisan fishermen.

It was learned that the local government unit of Ivisan gives incentives to fishermen who rescue and turnover sea turtles to Bantay Dagat members.

The PENRO also gives a Certificate of Recognition to concerned fishermen.

Five of the seven sea turtles in the world which are olive ridley, hawksbill, loggerhead, leatherback and green sea species can be found in the Philippines.

The other two are kemp's ridley which can be found solely in the Gulf of Mexico and along the East Coast of the United States and flatback sea turtle at northern coast of Australia only.

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