Number of turtles increase in Sta Cruz Island PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:49

The number of turtles hatched in Sta Cruz Island has more than doubled in recent months.

This was announced by Protected Area Management Unit Operations Officer Richard Alliangan who cited the undisturbed surroundings as a reason for the increase.

PAMU data shows that there were 716 hatchlings in the year 2016 compared to 298 in 2015.

Turtle species monitored in Sta Cruz island include the Hawksbill Turtle, Green Sea and Olive Ridley Turtles that have made the island a nesting site.

Aliangan said that the increase in turtle hatchlings is a result of PAMU’s efforts to preserve the island from negative practices such as dynamite fishing.

The office also engages the community, composed of 400 individuals, who help the office in maintaining and protecting the island against poachers and negative environmental practices.

Aside from turtles, Sta Cruz Island is also home to different types of animals such as birds and other aquatic species.  (RGAAGo)