Villagers Vow to Stop Eating Sea Turtles
BENOA ~ Villagers living around Benoa Harbor have signed a commitment to preserve the sea turtle population in the area, said officials on Tuesday.
At a ceremony attended by Forestry Minister MS Kaâ€™ban, the residents presented 25 sea turtles to be released into the sea.
Head of Tanjung Benoa village Nyoman Wana Putra said that villagers were eager to present a better image to outsiders – as people who respected the environment and not those that destroyed it by eating sea turtles.
Putra added that village officials would soon create a set of rules that would allow sea turtles to be used only during religious ceremonies.
Minister Kaâ€™ban said he appreciated the work of the villagers, adding that their assistance in the preservation of sea turtles would help to halt the decline in their dwindling numbers.Filed under: The Island