CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions is a marine turtle conservation program that protects an endangered keystone species from poachers and other predators. Volunteers patrol the coastline and secure turtle nests from dangers. Riverside and beach clean-ups also benefit marine life and the environment as a whole.
In 2013, CURMA was recognized as the Best Public-Private Partnership Program (PPP) in Region 1 by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
Over all we have found 89 nests since 2011. However only 59 were transferred to our hatchery and 12 remained in their natural nests while the rest were poached by individuals who got used to stealing pawikan eggs for trade or food. We have an average survival rate of 86.25% and have released a total of 5,683 pawikan hatchlings from 2011 to 2014.
This is a Public-Private Partnership project amongst SIF, Local Government of San Juan, La Union, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-Region 1), Department of Tourism (DOT-Region 1) and HOLCIM La Union Plant. Through this partnership project, we are able to do the following:
1. Recognition by San Juan LGU as an accredited NGO
2. Financial assistance is provided for volunteer patrollers
3. Adopted San Juan Baluarte for CURMA which involves site renovation, construction, etc. It is being developed as an eco-tourism center
1. This project involves the protection of eggs transferred in the hatchery of CURMA.
2. A site is assigned for hatchery, it is fenced to keep dogs and crabs from digging eggs transferred. The incubation of the eggs is usually 40 – 70 days.
3. Part of this project is the highlight of CURMA projects, Pawikan Releasing. Pawikan hatchlings who’ve come out of their nests are released by the public.
This involves patrolling training and workshop for people willing to patrol the 6 km coastline of San Juan daily from 3 AM to 5 AM or depending on the distance of coast patrolled. It commences in September and ends in March.
Volunteers of CURMA conduct coastal clean-up every month and after holidays.
1. This involves seminars and educational forums conducted and attended by volunteers of CURMA including brochure and poster dissemination as well as social media.
2. Part of this project also is River Trek where interested individuals are made to witness the connections of the mountains and the oceans (reef-ridge approach). People will understand that patrolling is not the only way to volunteer for the program but simple ways as making sure your trash goes to bins are actually helpful too.
“I always wondered what attitude would be the opposite of a ‘crab’ mentality. I found the answer in CURMA. It’s ‘pawikan’ mentality – that of baby pawikans who help each other crawl out of their nest.”
“You might not see it but these creatures, they’re very thankful of your efforts.”
“Wow! I salute you for doing a great job taking good care of turtles and letting the public see it.”
“I can’t imagine it’s this difficult to patrol. You wake up very early, you get tired walking for an hour in sand – but you know, it’s worth it. It’s more than worth it. Saludo ako sa inyong CURMA. You don’t know if a pawikan comes up or not, but you still do it daily.”