CURMA is happy to announce that 6 sea turtle nests were laid on the beach of Bacnotan and San Juan La Union in the early mornings between November 20 and 27. Curma volunteer Marte Magat and fishermen Johny Manglugay, Edgar Pineda, Rolando Abuan, and Benjamin Pineda were the ones who discovered the nests. They found 94, 101, 89, 112, 80, and 128 pawikan eggs respectively. Last November 1, volunteer Elorde Nonesa found 81 pawikan eggs from the very first nest of the season. Right after their discovery of nests, they moved the eggs to the hatchery where they can be monitored easily.
Volunteers said that while conservation efforts are paying off, CURMA still faces significant issues such as increased noise and lighting, beachfront development and marine debris due mainly to the increasing population on the beach and lack of awareness of the public.
According to volunteer, Marte Magat, “Nung mga nakaraang taon, kapag November, walo hanggang sampu na ang nahahanap kong nests. Ngayong matatapos na ang November, iisa pa lang ang nakita ko. Kaunti talaga.” (In previous years, every November, I am able to find 8-10 nests. Now November is almost over and I have only found 1. It is too little.)
Manong Rolly Inigo, a veteran patroller also said, “Marami ng tao ngayon lalo kaya kokonti na ang mga umaakyat na pawikan dito sa amin.” (There are too many people nowadays that’s why fewer sea turtles come to our shores.)
Mr. Magat and Manon Rolly encourage everyone to assist conservation programs like CURMA, protecting the life and habitat of sea turtles. There are many ways in which one can help and reduce humanity’s impact on the sea turtle population. If you want to help or volunteer in La Union, please contact CURMA through 0923 429 8611 or 0939 933 2833.