123 Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) turtle hatchlings were released back to the sea by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region IX in President Manuel A. Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte yesterday March 31, 2022.
The said activity was witnessed by the In Charge, Office of the Regional Executive Director and Concurrent ARD for Technical Services Ronald D. Gadot, Zamboanga del Norte PENR Officer Cidur Julsadjiri, Manukan CENR Officer George E. Laolao, Conservation and Development Section Chief Eugene S. Celi and technical personnel of the CENRO Manukan.
The marine turtle hatchlings were discovered by Hatchery Technician Themistocles Yaco of CENRO Manukan while on regular patrol along the coastline. He noticed the hatchlings were trapped in coconut husks in the shoreline of Barangay Dohinob, Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte in the late morning of March 31, 2022. The hatchlings were held and placed temporarily in a container with wet sand due to unfavorable weather condition when it was rescued. They were released back to the ocean in the late afternoon of the same day.
Olive Ridley is considered to be one of the three species of marine turtles that are common nesters in the coastal areas within the jurisdiction of CENRO-Manukan and is listed as “vulnerable” according to the International Union of the Conservation of Nature.
DENR IX is encouraging the public to report any wildlife concerns to the nearest field offices for proper handling, rescue and retrieval operations, text/call DENR Hotline 0948-147-1250 or send via private message on DENR Zamboanga Peninsula Facebook Page.
CENRO Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte