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dc.contributor.authorBagarinao, Teodora
dc.identifier.citationBagarinao, T. U. (2011). The sea turtles captured by coastal fisheries in the northeastern Sulu Sea, Philippines: Documentation, care, and release. Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 6(3), 353–363.en
dc.descriptionHerpetological Conservation and Biology - Open Access - Full text availableen
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents the first substantive data on sea turtles in the northeastern Sulu Sea. Working with fishers and government, the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC FishWorld) documented 109 juvenile and adult sea turtles captured or stranded around Panay and Guimaras Islands, Philippines from 2001 to mid- 2011. These included 65 Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), 15 Hawksbill Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata), 24 Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea), three Leatherback Turtles (Dermochelys coriacea), and two Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta). From the four fishing villages within 1 km of FishWorld came 29 Green Turtles, eight Olive Ridleys, and one specimen each of the three other species. Approximately 77% of the Green Turtles were caught in nearshore fish corrals, mostly between October and May; whereas, 75% of the Olive Ridley Turtles were caught in offshore gill nets and long lines between April and October. Seventy-nine captured turtles were released, 73 of them with inconel flipper tags. Several turtles died from entanglement, serious injuries, slaughter for market, or diseases. An Olive Ridley Turtle and three Green Turtles were seen nesting at three beaches in southern and western Panay. Nesting of Hawksbill Turtles has been recorded at secluded beaches in Lawi, Guimaras about every three years; several batches of hatchlings have been raised by local residents before being released. Size-specific growth rates of Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles were highest among post-hatchlings and decreased sharply with size among juveniles and adults.en
dc.description.sponsorshipI thank the fishers in Panay and Guimaras, as well as the staff of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 6, the local government officers, the Coast Guard, and the National Police, who reported the capture and stranding of sea turtles and facilitated the transport of some to FishWorld. The Pawikan Conservation Project provided the turtle flipper tags used in this study. Ellen Flor Doyola-Solis and the FishWorld staff assisted in turtle documentation, tagging, and release. Elvi Nemiz prepared the many updates of the turtle occurrence map. Leonidas Tan, Ligaya Gencianeo, Cornelio Yanga, and Florante Moscoso shared information on turtle nesting and hatching in Lawi and San Jose. FishWorld’s work on sea turtles was funded from visitor entrance fees. The Government of Japan Trust Fund and the SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department funded the publication of the book, The Pawikan Album.en
dc.publisherHerpetological Conservation and Biologyen
dc.subjectChelonia mydasen
dc.subjectLepidochelys olivaceaen
dc.subjectEretmochelys imbricataen
dc.titleThe sea turtles captured by coastal fisheries in the northeastern Sulu Sea, Philippines: Documentation, care, and releaseen
dc.citation.journalTitleHerpetological Conservation and Biologyen

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