Endangered turtles released in Boracay

Source: Manila Bulletin

Published May 3, 2019, 11:31 AM
By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – Three critically-endangered sea turtles were released by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) off the coast of world-famous Boracay Island in Malay town, Aklan province.

Hawksbill turtles confiscated at world-famous Boracay Island are released back to its natural habitat during the highlight of this year’s “Love Boracay” event. (DENR-6)
Hawksbill turtles confiscated at world-famous Boracay Island are released back to its natural habitat during the highlight of this year’s “Love Boracay” event. (DENR-6)

Hawksbill turtles confiscated at world-famous Boracay Island were released back to its natural habitat during this year’s “Love Boracay” event. (DENR-6 / MANILA BULLETIN)

Director Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez of DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) and DENR-6 Regional Director Francisco Milla Jr. led Wednesday the release of three Hawksbill turtles back to their natural habitat.

The release of the turtles coincided with the start of Ocean’s Month and the end of Boracay’s Sustainability Week known as “Love Boracay”, which marks the first year when massive rehabilitation kicked off.

The three turtles were confiscated from illegal pet owners. They were nursed back to health at Boracay Oceanarium before being released last Wednesday.

Aside from the three Hawksbill turtles, more than 100 Olive Ridley hatchlings were also released off Boracay’s coast last February by Malay local government and a major hotel.

Environmental officials and advocates are hopeful that releasing the turtles in their natural habitat can replenish the population of the endangered species by finding mates and reproduce.