Olive Ridley Sea Turtle Released

BACK TO ITS NATURAL HABITAT. An adult Olive ridley sea turtle named “Crocky” is released back to its natural habitat after it stayed at Aboitiz Cleanergy Park in Punta Dumalag, Matina Aplaya, Davao City for more than a year. Last December 6, 2017, Crocky was turned over to Cleanergy Park by the Davao Crocodile Park with the recommendations of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-XI. Crocky weighs 40 kilos and its carapace measures 59 inches wide and 59 inches long. Before its release, Crocky was tagged bearing the number PH 0557.

The said activity was attended by the Aboitiz Group of Companies headed by Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime Jose Aboitiz, DENR-XI headed by OIC, Assistant Secretary for Eastern Mindanao in concurrent capacity as Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan and Matina Aplaya Barangay Captain Nestor Cirunay. 

Olive ridley turtles are among the 5 sea turtle species known to occur in the Philippines. It got its name from its olive green-coloured carapace which is heart-shaped and rounded. It is also listed as Endangered under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). #TayoAngKalikasan

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Hands-On-ARMS outreach activity held

To raise awareness and highlight the importance of coastal and marine resources to the local communities, especially to the youth, Department of Environment and Natural Resources -XI through its Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS) and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Compostela Valley recently conducted the Hands-On-ARMS outreach activity at Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape (MPLS), Compostela Valley.

This interactive activity was participated by selected Grade 6 students from Don William Gemperle Elementary School in Mabini. The participants were given an opportunity to learn and observe the marine cryptobiota using a simple hand lens or magnifying glass and forceps. They also sorted and classified these small animals into their respective groups.

Despite their small size, marine cryptobiota provides various ecological good and services and serves as primary building blocks of the coral reef. Marine cryptobiota includes shrimps, crabs, hermit crabs, brittle stars, sponges, and tunicates, among others.

As part of DENR's Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP), the Department monitors cryptobiota with the use of Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS), a long-term collecting device that mimics the coral reef and attract these animals. The data will be collected to study on their biodiversity and the effects of climate change on reefs.

 

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