Five (5) out of the 7 known marine turtles species in the world are present in the Philippines. These are the Green (Chelonia mydas). Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) and the Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea).
Sea turtle population in the world declined drastically in the last century. In the Philippines alone, thousands of sea turtles were caught and butchered to supply the demand for turtle products such as jewelries, bags, wall décor, guitars, and shoes.
Within Romblon Passage, SIKAT identified turtle nestling sites and educated the community on conserving sea turtles. Turtle hatchery was also established, managed by local fishers. Aside from sea turtle rescue, community members are also engage in releasing newly-hatched turtles to the wild. At present, more than 100 baby sea turtles were returned to the wild.
The project was supported by the grant from MISEREOR and NEDA IV-B. To know more about this project, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.