The Green Sea Turtle

Being part of WWF-Philippines, I usually get updates in my email and my mail about their projects or anything about the environment. This time, I receive a postcard about the "Green Sea Turtle"

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The Green Sea Turtle is one of the few marine species that eats seagrass. Through constant but controlled browsing, they keep grass beds pruned and trim. This encourages new growth and ensures that seagrass beds, vital nurseries for juvenile fish and invertebrates, are kept healthy.

Unfortunately, the Green Sea Turtle might not be around long enough. Their population has dwindled down due to centuries of hunting, land development, marine pollution and accidental fisheries bycatch. It is now classified by both IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature) and CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) as endangered and is protected by Philippine law. Without the Green Sea Turtles, the marine food chain unravels. And we will have no fish, no food.

WWF has been continuously acting to protect the Green Sea Turtle in the Philippines and throughout Asia Pacific. WWF guards against the hunting and collection of turtles and their eggs in the Turtle Isles, the Philippines' largest sea turtle rookery. WWF also works to reduce accidental turtle bycatch. It was found that simple, inexpensive changes in fishing technology, like convincing tuna long-line fishermen to shift from lethal j-hooks to safer circle hooks, can drastically reduce sea turtle mortality. So far, over 144,000 circle hooks have been deployed, saving many turtle's lives.


WWF-Philippines
Kabang Kalikasan ng Pilipinas, Inc.
http://www.wwf.org.ph


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