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Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Conservation efforts established in 2009 transformed sea turtle poachers into allies, offering incentives and training to help save thousands of turtles and keep their eggs from ending up in markets and on plates. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VW 
December 20, 2022 
CURMA's operations director Carlos Tamayo, 44, helps fisherman and turtle patroller Jessie Cabagbag,... 
BACNOTAN, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
CURMA's operations director Carlos Tamayo, 44, helps fisherman and turtle patroller Jessie Cabagbag, 40, hold a mother turtle before it goes back to the sea, at Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, December 21, 2022. Jessie is one of the volunteers for CURMA, or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, which has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "I stopped poaching when we underwent training and were taught that what we have been doing was illegal, and that these species of turtles are endangered," he said. "I am overwhelmed with joy when the eggs hatch... I am truly proud." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VZ 
December 19, 2022 
Sea turtle patroller Johnny Manlugay, 55, who used to hunt and is now using his skills to help marine... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Sea turtle patroller Johnny Manlugay, 55, who used to hunt and is now using his skills to help marine turtle conservation, digs up a nest with eggs to turn over to CURMA's hatchery in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December 20, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "I've learned to love this work," said Manlugay. "We didn't know poaching was illegal and that we should not eat turtle eggs and meat." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VK 
December 19, 2022 
Sea turtle patroller Johnny Manlugay, 55, who used to hunt and is now using his skills to help marine... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Sea turtle patroller Johnny Manlugay, 55, who used to hunt and is now using his skills to help marine turtle conservation, takes eggs from a nest to turn them over to CURMA's hatchery, in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December 20, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "I've learned to love this work," said Manlugay. "We didn't know poaching was illegal and that we should not eat turtle eggs and meat." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0TF 
January 12, 2023 
An olive ridley sea turtle hatchling makes its way to the sea in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, January... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
An olive ridley sea turtle hatchling makes its way to the sea in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, January 12, 2023. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0W4 
December 20, 2022 
Carlos Tamayo, 44, operations director of sea turtle conservation effort CURMA, is photographed at their... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Carlos Tamayo, 44, operations director of sea turtle conservation effort CURMA, is photographed at their hatchery in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December 20, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, is leading the conservations programme around La Union beaches and has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "We talked to the poachers, and it turns out...(poaching) was just another means for them to earn a living," said Tamayo. "They had no choice." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0WA 
January 10, 2023 
Jessie Cabagbag, 40, who used to be a poacher and is now a sea turtle patroller, hauls his fishing net... 
BACNOTAN, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Jessie Cabagbag, 40, who used to be a poacher and is now a sea turtle patroller, hauls his fishing net with another fisherman on his boat in Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, January 11, 2023. Jessie is one of the volunteers for CURMA, or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, which has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "I stopped poaching when we underwent training and were taught that what we have been doing was illegal, and that these species of turtles are endangered," he said. "I am overwhelmed with joy when the eggs hatch... I am truly proud." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0W5 
January 10, 2023 
Fisherman Jessie Cabagbag, 40, who used to be a poacher, his son Gabriel, 7, his wife Jonnibel, 39, and... 
BACNOTAN, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Fisherman Jessie Cabagbag, 40, who used to be a poacher, his son Gabriel, 7, his wife Jonnibel, 39, and their two dogs look for turtle tracks and nests in the sand during their nightly patrol at the beach in Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, January 11, 2023. Jessie is one of the volunteers for CURMA, or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, which has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "I stopped poaching when we underwent training and were taught that what we have been doing was illegal, and that these species of turtles are endangered," he said. "I am overwhelmed with joy when the eggs hatch... I am truly proud." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VN 
December 19, 2022 
Sea turtle patroller Johnny Manlugay, 55, who used to hunt and is now using his skills to help marine... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Sea turtle patroller Johnny Manlugay, 55, who used to hunt and is now using his skills to help marine turtle conservation, looks for tracks and nests to turn them over to CURMA with his dog at the beach in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December 19, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs from ending up in markets and on plates. "I've learned to love this work," said Manlugay. "We didn't know poaching was illegal and that we should not eat turtle eggs and meat." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VD 
January 10, 2023 
Fisherman Jessie Cabagbag, 40, who used to be a poacher, his son Gabriel, 7, his wife Jonnibel, 39, and... 
BACNOTAN, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Fisherman Jessie Cabagbag, 40, who used to be a poacher, his son Gabriel, 7, his wife Jonnibel, 39, and their two dogs look for turtle tracks and nests in the sand during their nightly patrol at the beach in Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, January 11, 2023. Jessie is one of the volunteers for CURMA, or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, which has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "I stopped poaching when we underwent training and were taught that what we have been doing was illegal, and that these species of turtles are endangered," he said. "I am overwhelmed with joy when the eggs hatch... I am truly proud." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VY 
January 10, 2023 
Fisherman Jessie Cabagbag, 40, who used to be a poacher, his son Gabriel, 7, and his wife Jonnibel, 39,... 
BACNOTAN, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Fisherman Jessie Cabagbag, 40, who used to be a poacher, his son Gabriel, 7, and his wife Jonnibel, 39, sit during their nightly patrol at the beach in Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, January 11, 2023. Jessie is one of the volunteers for CURMA, or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, which has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "I stopped poaching when we underwent training and were taught that what we have been doing was illegal, and that these species of turtles are endangered," he said. "I am overwhelmed with joy when the eggs hatch... I am truly proud." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0W2 
January 10, 2023 
Fisherman Jessie Cabagbag, 40, who used to be a poacher and is now a sea turtle patroller, sails out... 
BACNOTAN, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Fisherman Jessie Cabagbag, 40, who used to be a poacher and is now a sea turtle patroller, sails out to fish, a few hours after finishing the nightly patrol with his family in Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, January 11, 2023.Jessie is one of the volunteers for CURMA, or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, which has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "I stopped poaching when we underwent training and were taught that what we have been doing was illegal, and that these species of turtles are endangered," he said. "I am overwhelmed with joy when the eggs hatch... I am truly proud." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0TA 
January 10, 2023 
Fish caught by Jessie Cabagbag, 40, who used to be a poacher and is now a sea turtle patroller, are counted... 
BACNOTAN, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Fish caught by Jessie Cabagbag, 40, who used to be a poacher and is now a sea turtle patroller, are counted by his relative at home in Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, January 11, 2023. Jessie is one of the volunteers for CURMA, or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, which has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "I stopped poaching when we underwent training and were taught that what we have been doing was illegal, and that these species of turtles are endangered," he said. "I am overwhelmed with joy when the eggs hatch... I am truly proud." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0WB 
December 20, 2022 
A baby olive ridley sea turtle emerges from its nest at CURMA's hatchery, in San Juan, La Union, Philippines,... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
A baby olive ridley sea turtle emerges from its nest at CURMA's hatchery, in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December 20, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, is leading the conservations programme around La Union beaches and has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "We talked to the poachers, and it turns out...(poaching) was just another means for them to earn a living," said Carlos Tamayo, 44, the operations director. "They had no choice." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0W3 
December 20, 2022 
A baby olive ridley sea turtle emerges from its nest at CURMA's hatchery, in San Juan, La Union, Philippines,... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
A baby olive ridley sea turtle emerges from its nest at CURMA's hatchery, in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December 20, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, is leading the conservations programme around La Union beaches and has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "We talked to the poachers, and it turns out...(poaching) was just another means for them to earn a living," said Carlos Tamayo, 44, the operations director. "They had no choice." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VP 
December 19, 2022 
CURMA'S field specialist Karlo Salazar, 19, places a net around a nest of eggs which sea turtle patroller... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
CURMA'S field specialist Karlo Salazar, 19, places a net around a nest of eggs which sea turtle patroller Johnny Manlugay, 55, turned over to the hatchery, San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December 20, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "I've learned to love this work," said Manlugay. "We didn't know poaching was illegal and that we should not eat turtle eggs and meat." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VT 
December 19, 2022 
CURMA's field specialist Karlo Salazar, 19, writes down the number of sea turtle eggs turned over by... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
CURMA's field specialist Karlo Salazar, 19, writes down the number of sea turtle eggs turned over by patroller Johnny Manlugay, 55, at the hatchery in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December 20, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "I've learned to love this work," said Manlugay. "We didn't know poaching was illegal and that we should not eat turtle eggs and meat." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0W0 
December 19, 2022 
Johnny Manlugay, 55, who used to hunt and is now using his skills to help marine turtle conservation,... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Johnny Manlugay, 55, who used to hunt and is now using his skills to help marine turtle conservation, receives money for turning over a nest of over a hundred sea turtle eggs to CURMA's hatchery, in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December 20, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "I've learned to love this work," said Manlugay. "We didn't know poaching was illegal and that we should not eat turtle eggs and meat." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VX 
December 20, 2022 
CURMA's operations director Carlos Tamayo, 44, looks at the tracks of a mother turtle who failed to lay... 
BACNOTAN, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
CURMA's operations director Carlos Tamayo, 44, looks at the tracks of a mother turtle who failed to lay eggs on the beach, at Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, December 21, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, is leading the conservations programme around La Union beaches and has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "We talked to the poachers, and it turns out...(poaching) was just another means for them to earn a living," said Tamayo. "They had no choice." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VG 
January 12, 2023 
A mother turtle heads back to the sea after laying eggs on the beach in Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines,... 
BACNOTAN, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
A mother turtle heads back to the sea after laying eggs on the beach in Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, January 12, 2023. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VU 
December 20, 2022 
CURMA's field specialist Karlo Salazar, 19, checks the tagging of a mother turtle before it goes back... 
BACNOTAN, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
CURMA's field specialist Karlo Salazar, 19, checks the tagging of a mother turtle before it goes back to the sea, at Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, December 21, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, is leading the conservations programme around La Union beaches and has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "We talked to the poachers, and it turns out...(poaching) was just another means for them to earn a living," said Carlos Tamayo, 44, the operations director. "They had no choice." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VJ 
January 12, 2023 
CURMA's operations director Carlos Tamayo, 44, documents a mother turtle going back to the sea after... 
BACNOTAN, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
CURMA's operations director Carlos Tamayo, 44, documents a mother turtle going back to the sea after laying eggs on the beach in Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, January 12, 2023. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, is leading the conservations programme around La Union beaches and has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "We talked to the poachers, and it turns out...(poaching) was just another means for them to earn a living," said Carlos Tamayo, 44, the operations director. "They had no choice." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VF 
January 12, 2023 
CURMA's operations director Carlos Tamayo, 44, prepares to drive back to the hatchery as field specialist... 
BACNOTAN, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
CURMA's operations director Carlos Tamayo, 44, prepares to drive back to the hatchery as field specialist Karlo Salazar, 19, holds a bucket full of turtle eggs, in Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, January 13, 2023. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "We talked to the poachers, and it turns out...(poaching) was just another means for them to earn a living," said Carlos Tamayo, 44, the operations director. "They had no choice." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0TB 
December 20, 2022 
Spectators wait for olive ridley turtles to emerge from their nest at CURMA's hatchery, in San Juan,... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Spectators wait for olive ridley turtles to emerge from their nest at CURMA's hatchery, in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December 20, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, is leading the conservations programme around La Union beaches and has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "We talked to the poachers, and it turns out...(poaching) was just another means for them to earn a living," said Carlos Tamayo, 44, the operations director. "They had no choice." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VO 
December 20, 2022 
Spectators wait for olive ridley turtles to emerge from their nest at CURMA's hatchery, in San Juan,... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Spectators wait for olive ridley turtles to emerge from their nest at CURMA's hatchery, in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December 20, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, is leading the conservations programme around La Union beaches and has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "We talked to the poachers, and it turns out...(poaching) was just another means for them to earn a living," said Carlos Tamayo, 44, the operations director. "They had no choice." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VV 
December 20, 2022 
CURMA's operations director Carlos Tamayo, 44, takes a basin full of baby olive ridley turtles to the... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
CURMA's operations director Carlos Tamayo, 44, takes a basin full of baby olive ridley turtles to the beach to be released into the sea in San Juan, La Union, December 20, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, is leading the conservations programme around La Union beaches and has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "We talked to the poachers, and it turns out...(poaching) was just another means for them to earn a living," said Tamayo. "They had no choice." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0W1 
December 20, 2022 
Baby olive ridley sea turtles make their way to the sea, in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Baby olive ridley sea turtles make their way to the sea, in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December 20, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VI 
January 12, 2023 
Johnny Manlugay, 55, who used to hunt and is now using his skills to help marine turtle conservation,... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Johnny Manlugay, 55, who used to hunt and is now using his skills to help marine turtle conservation, transfers cooked rice into a container, as he prepares to go to a construction job, at home in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, January 13, 2023. Manlugay, who used to hunt sea turtles and their eggs, now uses his skills to find the nests and turn them over to CURMA, or the Coastal Underwater Resource Management Action, which has turned poachers like him into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs from ending up in markets and on plates. "I've learned to love this work," said Manlugay. "We didn't know poaching was illegal and that we should not eat turtle eggs and meat." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VM 
January 12, 2023 
Johnny Manlugay, 55, a construction worker who is a sea turtle patroller at night, waits for his coworker... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Johnny Manlugay, 55, a construction worker who is a sea turtle patroller at night, waits for his coworker outside his home in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, January 13, 2023. Manlugay, who used to hunt sea turtles and their eggs, now uses his skills to find the nests and turn them over to CURMA, or the Coastal Underwater Resource Management Action, which has turned poachers like him into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs from ending up in markets and on plates. "I've learned to love this work," said Manlugay. "We didn't know poaching was illegal and that we should not eat turtle eggs and meat." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VH 
December 19, 2022 
A rescued turtle recovers in a basin at CURMA's center in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December 19,... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
A rescued turtle recovers in a basin at CURMA's center in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December 19, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, is leading the conservations programme around La Union beaches and has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "We talked to the poachers, and it turns out...(poaching) was just another means for them to earn a living," said Carlos Tamayo, 44, the operations director. "They had no choice." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0VL 
December 19, 2022 
Nets protect the nests of olive ridley turtles in CURMA's hatchery in San Juan, La Union, Philippines,... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Nets protect the nests of olive ridley turtles in CURMA's hatchery in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, December 19, 2022. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, is leading the conservations programme around La Union beaches and has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "We talked to the poachers, and it turns out...(poaching) was just another means for them to earn a living," said Carlos Tamayo, 44, the operations director. "They had no choice." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT/TURTLES
RTSFY0UZ 
January 12, 2023 
Spectators watch as olive ridley sea turtle hatchlings make their way to the sea in San Juan, La Union,... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Spectators watch as olive ridley sea turtle hatchlings make their way to the sea in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, January 12, 2023. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 11, 2023 
Boats are seen along the shore at the beach in Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, January 12, 2023. ... 
BACNOTAN, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Boats are seen along the shore at the beach in Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines, January 12, 2023. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 12, 2023 
Tourists dine and drink at restaurants on the beach in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, January 12, 2023.... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Tourists dine and drink at restaurants on the beach in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, January 12, 2023. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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December 20, 2022 
People walk along the shore at the beach in San Juan, La Union province, Philippines, December 20, 2022.... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
People walk along the shore at the beach in San Juan, La Union province, Philippines, December 20, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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January 12, 2023 
Baby olive ridley sea turtles are gathered in a basin minutes after being born at CURMA's hatchery in... 
San Juan, Philippines 
The Wider Image: Love of sea turtles turns Philippine poachers into protectors 
Baby olive ridley sea turtles are gathered in a basin minutes after being born at CURMA's hatchery in San Juan, La Union, Philippines, January 12, 2023. Set up in 2009, CURMA or Coastal Underwater Resource Management Actions, is leading the conservations programme around La Union beaches and has turned sea turtle poachers into its allies by offering them incentives and training, allowing it to save thousands of turtles and their eggs. "We talked to the poachers, and it turns out...(poaching) was just another means for them to earn a living," said Carlos Tamayo, 44, the operations director. "They had no choice." REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez SEARCH "LOPEZ PHILIPPINES TURTLES" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. 
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