‘Alien’ turtles threaten local species



MANILA, Philippines—The environment department’s wildlife bureau is taking steps to curb the proliferation of an invasive Chinese soft-shell turtle, which has reportedly been wreaking havoc on native fish and aquatic animals in many parts of Luzon.

In a technical bulletin dated Feb. 22, Director Theresa Mundita Lim of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) directed aquatic authorities to control the population of the turtle, considered to be an “invasive alien species.”

“Based on recent reports, it appears that Chinese soft-shell turtles have proliferated in certain wetlands and other areas of the country, including those devoted to aquaculture,” Lim said in the bulletin.

The report said the species is abundant in Pampanga and has likely established populations in the provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, Laguna, Nueva Ecija and Mindoro.

“The overpopulation of Chinese soft-shell turtles poses a significant threat to Philippine endemic and indigenous fish and aquatic animals as well as to local fishponds and fishery operations,” Lim said.

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  • AntiAko

    then harvest those soft-shelled turtles and eat them! they are sold in asian stores here in houston for food.

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  • Gerald

    I smell Chinese is behind this mess.

  • farmerpo

    And then the DENR checkpoints says these turtles are endangered and penalize those who catch and sell them. When can the DENR put its act together?. Same thing with logging. They allow katutubos to cut gemelinas but prevents cut logs to be shipped out of the katutubo area. DENR is totally out of synch with itself.

  • kasile

    That’s side effect of introducing new species to the environment but the good side is that we had more food to eat so let just eat them.

  • James Velasco

    Soft shelled turtles are edible.. pwedeng pulutan yan

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    chinese turtles were brought in for the consumption of local chinese. so what’s the problem? feed them to all,asking the chinese chefs how to prepare and cook. i think the cebuanos know how to cook this thing-might be exotic.

  • aspirin200

    No worries. We had for centuries introduced a lot of foreign species to our environment that they have become the dominant specie in our pond and forest ecology. We have the giant african hito, the sex reversed nile tilapia, the pangasius, janitor fish, kuhol, american bullfrog, japanese snail, foreign beauties, famous actors and actresses and models. Even our food are foreign like the pancit, lumpia, siomai, siopao, humba, pata teem, bihon, miki, mami, lumi, bam i, misua, odong, fried chcken, hamburger, spaghetti. The rich also prefers their panini, pasta, croissant, ham sandwich, clubhouse, baby back rib, steaks and the fashionable mexican/italian food like pizza, salsa, enchilada, leche flan, relleno, risotto, carbonara, etc.

    May it be grilled, steamed, sauteed, stir fried, stewed, baked and flamed, its a gourmet and which should be nice with the foreign beauties around, Happy Eating.

  • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    and so the biological warfare with china begins.

    ahahaha (joke)

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