Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.. Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Siocon together with the Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (MFAR) released a juvenile Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) at Dulongin Beach, Barangay Matiag, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte on January 18, 2020.
The sea turtle was caught entangled in the fishing net of Ms. Lorena Torrefranca, a local fisherfolk in the area. She immediately rescued the turtle and reported the incident to MFAR who then coordinated with CENRO Siocon for the proper assessment and releasing of the said wildlife.
Upon evaluation the Hawksbill turtle was found healthy and in good condition. It weighed around 3kg, has a width of 31.1 cm and length of 35.2 cm. After proper documentation, it was released back to its natural habitat.
The International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the Hawksbill turtle as critically endangered based on the 80% decline of its population over the generation.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) IX will continue to conduct Information Education and Communication (IEC) campaign to spread more awareness on the importance of conserving and protecting our wildlife and natural resources.