A pawikan hatchery on Ursula Island Game Refuge and Bird Sanctuary in Bataraza was recently damaged by bad weather, according to a park ranger.
Park ranger Raul Molejon said large tree branches fell on the pawikan (sea turtle) hatchery situated in front of their station on September 4 due to strong winds. Thankfully, the 1,300 sea turtle eggs they are caring for are all safe.
“Kabilang side ang nasira, at agad naman po namin itong nilinis noong oras na yon. Malakas ang hangin noong nagdaang bagyong Henry,” Molejon said. “Safe ang almost 1,300 eggs ng pawikan natin sa loob nito–wala namang nabasag.”
The hatchery was set up on the island by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) with the help of the local government of Bataraza in 2019.
Molejon said the sea turtle hatcheries on Ursula help to preserve them. To avoid upsetting the hatclings and ensure the success of the conservation effort, the nesting process must be without interference.
“Itong hatchery natin nakatayo sa harap mismo ng ranger station natin. Naipaalam na agad namin sa opisina ang nangyari. Ang pagpapaayos, sa committee po ng PAMB pag-uusapan, ang materyales pag-uusapan din yan at i-estimate pa,” he said.
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