MANILA — The Palawan Provincial Law Enforcement Task Force rescued 525 Hawksbill sea turtles Wednesday morning at the Kaliksi Island Resort in Roxas, Palawan.
They include 413 hatchlings and 112 juvenile turtles. Authorities also recovered 63 turtle eggs.
Hawksbill sea turtles are considered as critically endangered species.
The turtles were under the possession of Ecoresort and Development Corporation, which is allegedly involved in culturing or reproducing the species without a permit.
The companies’ project manager refused to comment on the issue. He claimed that they are in talks with someone from environmental agencies.
The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), however, clarified that they do not issue permits for capturing and growing Hawksbill turtles.
Officials of Barangay Tumarbong, under which jurisdiction the island resort is part of, also said they did not know it was illegal to culture turtles without permits. — report from Efraim Canoy, ABS-CBN News Palawan
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