A green sea turtle that was earlier surrendered by a Bagamanoc fisherman has been released back to the sea under the provincial government’s Save Our Sea Turtles (SOS) project.
Glendo Santos Magno, 47, a fisherman from barangay Antipolo, found the sea turtle’s neck entangled in his net at around 5 P.M. of Aug. 24. At first, he thought it was already dead but soon realized that the creature was still alive.
He was advised by his fellow fisherman to immediately release the marine mammal back to the sea but he decided to bring it home and present it to the municipal government for tagging, he recalled.
With the help of barangay captain Rodolfo Villaranda, who is aware of the SOS project, he surrendered the sea turtle to the provincial government.
The turtle, measuring 40 centimeter wide, was safely returned to its habitat with a tag bearing serial number PH 1642 H, courtesy of Eric delos Santos and Archie Tioxon of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) together with JericCua, the son of Governor Joseph Cua.
It was the first green sea turtle to be returned to the sea under the SOS Project Reloaded of the provincial government which was re-launched by Gov. Cua in Talisoy, Virac last July 7. The project aims to raise awareness and promote the preservation of the sea turtles and its natural marine habitat which are now critically endangered.
The provincial government gave cash incentive to Magno, who also received fishing paraphernalia from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
With the intensified campaign to protect the sea turtles in the province, Gov. Cua is encouraging everyone, especially the fisher folks, not to capture sea turtles to sell its meat and shell, but instead be involved in its conservation.