Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands

Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands
View of Marinduque Mainland from Tres Reyes Islands-Click on photo to link to Chateau Du Mer


If this is your first time in this site, welcome. It has been my dream that my province, Marinduque, Philippines becomes a world tourist destination not only during Easter Week but also whole year round. You can help me achieve my dream by telling your friends about this site. The photo above is your own private beach at The Chateau Du Mer Beach Resort. The sand is not as white as Boracay, but it is only a few steps from your front yard and away from the mayhem and crowds of Boracay. Please do not forget to read the latest national, international, and technology news in this site . I have posted some of my favorite Filipino and American dishes and recipes on this site also. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on infringement of your copyrights. Cheers!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Romblon Area Declared Nesting Sites for the Endangered Sea Turtles

Here's an interesting news from the Phil Star written by Katherine Adraneda dated September 27, 2009. I am a lover of this endangered species and I have seen them nesting also in the Amoingon Coast of Marinduque. However, the locals have been pouching their eggs for food. This should not continue and I hope the local officials of Marinduque will make sure this will not happened again.

Romblon Area Declared Nesting Sites of Endangered Hawsbill Turtles

MANILA, Philippines - This as the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau-Pawikan Conservation Project (PAWB-PCP) recently confirmed Sitio Agbaliga in Agpanabat, Romblon as a nesting site of the critically endangered hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), in addition to five areas earlier declared as nesting sites of the marine animal.

People’s organization Pamamalakaya at Wastong Ingat sa Karagatan ng Agpanabat na Nagkakaisa (PAWIKAN) and Sentro para sa Ikauunlad ng Katutubong Agham at Teknolohiya (SIKAT) vowed to increase community awareness of the importance of a marine protected area to ensure the preservation of the hawksbill turtle.

PAWIKAN and SIKAT signed a memorandum of agreement with the local government of Romblon and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to

“catapult the marine turtle conservation efforts to greater heights.”

PAWIKAN assists in the building of effective marine sanctuary management, and promote participation in monitoring fish production and coral ecology, while SIKAT actively engages in community-based integrated area resource management and environmental policy advocacy.

The five other areas that had been earlier confirmed as nesting sites of the hawksbill turtle are Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya in Davao City; Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte; Hinatuan Bay in Surigao del Sur; Carmen in Agusan del Norte; and, Magsaysay in Misamis Oriental.

On the other hand, Tungawan in Zamboanga Sibugay and Talisoy in Virac, Catanduanes are declared nesting grounds of green turtle (Chelonia mydas), while Lian in Batangas; Morong and Bagac in Bataan and Zambales coasts are recognized nesting sites of olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea).

Two other species of marine turtles are present in the Philippines.

These are the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), and leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). However, according to the PAWBPCP, there are no records yet that loggerhead and leatherback turtles nest in the Philippines. Nevertheless, PAWB-PCP said these two turtle species “undoubtedly utilize our marine ecosystems as foraging grounds.”

PAWB-PCP said the hawksbill turtle is the most critically endangered of the five marine turtle species in the country.

But all these species of turtles are protected under the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act (Republic Act 9147).

Conservation of the Eggs

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