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PIA Press Release
2007/10/21

Another sea turtle found in Tanauan waters

Tacloban City (October 21) -- Another sea turtle was caught by a fisherman at the coast of Tanauan, Leyte in the afternoon of Saturday, October 20.

Tanauan Mayor Roque A. Tiu informed that Portacio Mercado, a fisherman of Barangay Sto. Nino of the said municipality reported that he caught a big sea turtle in the coastal waters of Tanauan.

The sea turtle was turned over at the Bantay Dagat headquarters in Tanauan for proper safe-keeping while waiting for the staff from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to come to Tanauan and put a tag on the sea turtle.

At first, the members of the Bantay Dagat thought that one of the two sea turtles which were sent back to the sea about two weeks ago returned, Mayor Tiu said.

Upon inspection, however, the Bantay Dagat personnel found out that the turtle does not have a tag yet, so they concluded that this is another turtle. It would be recalled that two Olive Ridley turtles were caught in Tanauan shores about two weeks ago and were released after the DENR put a tag on the turtles.

Mayor Tiu said the presence of sea turtles in the shores of Tanauan is an indication that the local government's programs on environmental protection is paying off.

Mayor Tiu added that the fisher folks of Tanauan are now able to catch big fishes which means that the bounties of the sea are able to thrive well in Tanauan waters without any disturbance from irresponsible fishermen.

The local government is strictly implementing its fishing ordinance, Mayor Roque Tiu said. In fact, in order to protect the coast of Tanauan from unscrupulous fishermen, the municipality is maintaining a very active Bantay Dagat team armed with speed boat.

While the Bantay Dagat enforcers in other municipalities are just mere volunteers, the local government of Tanauan has included them in the payroll. This will prevent graft and corruption in the implementation of the municipality's fishery ordinance, Mayor Tiu said. (PIA 8) [top]

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