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.